Gotz von Berlichingen with the Iron Hand: A Drama

Gotz von Berlichingen with the Iron Hand: A Drama


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Gotz von Berlichingen is a successful 1773 drama by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, based on the memoirs of the historical adventurer-poet Gottfried or Gotz von Berlichingen (c. 1480-1562). It first appeared in English in 1799 as Goetz of Berlichingen of the Iron Hand in a rather free version by Walter Scott.
Goethe's plot treats events freely: while the historical Gotz died an octogenarian, Goethe's hero is a free spirit, a maverick, intended to be a pillar of national integrity against a deceitful and over-refined society, and the way in which he tragically succumbs to the abstract concepts of law and justice shows the submission of the individual in that society.
Gotz von Berlichingen was one of Goethe's early successes but its large cast size, frequent quick scene changes, and long running time caused the original version to eventually fall out of favour. The play has been re-arranged and cut many times, including two versions by Goethe that were published posthumously. In 1978 Wolfgang Liebeneiner directed Raimund Harmstorf in a film version, Gotz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand.

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ISBN-13: 9781515136088
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2015
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 663,593
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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