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Bertolt Brecht
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Playwright
    (February 10, 1898-August 14, 1956)
    Wrote ‘Baal (1923),’ ‘Drums in the Night (1922),’ ‘The Threepenny Opera (1928),’ ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930),’ ‘Galileo (1939),’ Mother Courage and Her Children (1939),’ ‘The Good Person of Sezuan (1940),’ ‘Puntil and Matti, His Hired Man (1940)’ and ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle (1945)’
    He dropped out of med school.
    He was a womanizer.
    He was a Communist.
    Some consider his political theories to be cold and brutal.
    He didn’t care about the suffering of individuals, as long as the state survived.
    Even the Communist Party distanced itself from him.
    He hated bathing and shaving.
    His play ‘Mother Courage’ was called ‘a piece of shit’ by one critic.
    His plays were experimental and influential.
    He is considered one of the first playwrights to ‘break through the Fourth Wall’ and challenge traditional ideas about theater.
    His works were banned by the Nazis.
    He was interrogated by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
    He blasted the stupidities of the Hollywood culture.
    He collaborated with the composer Kurt Weil on the famous musical ‘The Threepenny Opera.’
    He was once thrown out of a dinner given in his own honor because the security guards thought he was a bum.

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