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Lulu (Nick Hern Books Drama Classics)

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ISBN-13: 978-1854594532
ISBN-10: 1854594532
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As the International Dictionary of Theatre has it, German playwright Frank Wedekind (1864-1918) "owes his reputation to the fact he wrote plays about sex." His other famous play, Spring's Awakening (1891) was way ahead of its time in its depiction of repressed adolescent sexual urges.
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Product Details

  • Series: Nick Hern Books Drama Classics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854594532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854594532
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This play's conception and history is perhaps as muddled as the titular character. This adaptation by Nicholas Wright (from a translation by Wes Williams) combines Wedekind's "Lulu" plays, which took on different titles, "Pandora's Box" and Earth Spirit", at various points in Wederkind's checkered career.

Risque even by today's standards, Lulu is equal parts nymphomaniac and a virginal innocent who impetuously manipulates the men who desire her as well as fall under their tyranny with shocking pliancy, taking on a different name with each lover. The contradiction that Lulu is can be read as the confusing array of roles a woman are supposed to assume, which ironically proves to be schizophrenic if she were to encompass them all.

Lulu destroys each of her lovers in turn, ensnaring the affections of a Countess who wants her to be the star attraction at a ladies only party. It is clear Lulu enjoys the turmoil she creates and at a pivotal point in the play when she is caught in an act of betrayal, she declares, "This is the most beautiful moment of my life".

At times ludicrous and farcical, and the action bordering on pantomime, the play nonetheless convincingly raises the question of identity and how it is idealised or demonised depending on who constructs it, as is seen in Lulu's response when one of her lovers asks if she is an angel or devil. She says, "I'm neither. This is me. I've never pretended to be anything else. All the rest is just your imagination. You can think about that."
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When I placed my order, this purchase was to fill someone else's wish list. The cover of the book that arrived didn't match the picture that was displayed. I called to arrange a return and the person I spoke to said they would ensure I received the replacement with the proper picture. I didn't. It was the same wrong cover. I sent that back too. Then, I found that the image had been removed entirely. Not very happy with this transaction.
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