Aleksandr Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas gathers together for the first time in English translation the first three plays by Aleksandr Blok, the pre-eminent poet of Russian Symbolism and one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. The three plays that constitute the trilogy - A Puppet Show, The King on the Square and The Unknown Woman - are pivotal documents in the development of modernist drama. In his productions of A Puppet Show; and The Unknown Woman, Meyerhold first began to work the basic tenets of his approach to grotesque and constructivist theatre. Moreover, A Puppet Show provided the inspiration and much of the foundation for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. As a result, these plays are indispensable to any student of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The plays are presented in the context of the poetry from which they issued in order to suggest how Blok developed the themes and motifs of the plays in other genres.
Table of Contents
List of Plates Introduction to the Series Introduction: Exit from Lyric Isolation A Puppet Show: Context of a Puppet Show Related Poems, Light Staggered in the Window, He Showed Up at a Well-Ordered Ball, At Round Tables, Everybody was Screaming, You Will Dress Me in Silver, At that Hour When Narcissuses are Getting Drunk, Travelling Show The King on the Square Context of the King on the Square: Her Coming, Of Love, Poetry and Government Service The Unknown Woman: Context of the Unknown Woman: Related Poems The Stranger, There, in the Hard, Howling Frost of the Night, Star-Strewn Train, Your Face is Paler than it was, There Ladies Flaunt Fashions
Timothy C. Wesphalen graduated magna cum laude from Knox College, and went on to earn an MA and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and literatures from Harvard University. He has published in leading academic journals and has received awards for excellence in teaching. Professor Westphalen is currently an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.