About Six Characters in Search of an Author and Other Plays
A volume of plays from the founding architect of twentieth-century drama, including his most popular and controversial work
A Penguin Classic
Pirandello is brilliantly innovatory in his forms and themes, and in the combined energy, imagination and visual colours of his theatre. This volume of plays, translated from the Italian by Mark Musa, opens with Six Characters in Search of an Author, in which six characters invade the stage and demand to be included in the play. The tragedy Henry IV dramatizes the lucid madness of a man who may be King. In So It Is (If You Think So), the townspeople exercise a morbid curiosity attempting to discover “the truth” about the Ponza family. Each of these plays can lay claim to being Pirandello’s masterpiece, and in exploring the nature of human personality, each one stretches the resources of drama to their limits.
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Luigi Pirandello was born in 1867. He studied at the Universities of Palermo, Rome, and Bonn, where he earned his doctorate in 1891. His first published work, Mal giocondo (1889), was a collection of poems. It was followed by other volumes of poems,… More about Luigi Pirandello