"A great poet. . . . Brecht may be considered to have made the major German contribution to world literature in our time." Rudolf Leonhardt, The New York Times Book Review
Manual of Piety
978-0-8021-3245-1 • $16.95 • Paperback • Jan. 1970
Known primarily as a dramatist, Bertolt Brecht was also a gifted poet. These fifty poemsamong them many ballads that later became part of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, and Baalreveal the tremendous range and versatility of Brecht's expression. His first and best book of poetry, Manual of Piety uses the traditional form of devotional literature to provide an irreverent spoof and a serious critique of the post-World War I European (and, more specifically, German) culture that gave rise to fascism. His characteristically sly wit combines with mordant social commentary to make Manual of Piety Brecht at his most hilariousand also his most brutally incisive.