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The Young Brecht, 1917-22
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This English edition of Munsterer's memoir (first published in German in 1963) has a substantial introduction and notes. Michael Morley, who interviewed Munsterer, gives a portrait of him in the preface, in which he explores his relationship with Brecht, and asesses the significance of the book for subsequent Brecht research. The Munsterer text is followed by introduced and annotated translated extracts from other early contemporary accounts of Brecht, taken from his brother Walter's memoir, Frisch and Obermeier's "Brecht in Augsburg", Munsterer's diaries, and the reminiscences of - among others - Arnolt Bronnen and Paula Banholzer.
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Part 1 The young Brecht: first encounter, first letter, "urbaal"; friends and family; cultural events, books; school, loving, living; early work, early theory; classes with Kutscher, conscription; revolution, "drums", a second "baal"; the Plarrer, idyllic days, two poems; pedagogy, politics. philosophy; "David", "summer symphony", poetry and prose; depression, a conversation, publishing problems; disappointment, success, "drums: and "zibebe"; "jungle of cities" and "Edward" twenty-five years later. Part 2 Further perspectives: the family in Augsburg; Brecht and his clique; girlfriends; the war; diaries of the revolution; fatherhood and marriage; the literary profession; patrons and critics; 1922 and Berlin; epilogue.

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