Max Frisch: Biedermann und die Brandstifter: Ein Lehrstück ohne Lehre [Biedermann and the Firebugs: A Morality Play without a Moral]

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  • Judith Ricker-Abderhalden (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)

Biedermann und die Brandstifter. Ein Lehrstück ohne Lehre [Biedermann and the Firebugs: A Morality Play without a Moral] is the seventh play by the most celebrated Swiss writer of the 20th century, Max Frisch. Before its realization for the Zurich Schauspielhaus in 1958, Biedermann had already a remarkably successful history as a radio play. General readers today, and especially students of literature in German, are as likely to encounter the text of the original 1952 radio version as they are the later adaptation for the stage. The related but distinct dramatic genres account for interesting formal differences between the texts, …

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Citation:
Ricker-Abderhalden, Judith. "Biedermann und die Brandstifter: Ein Lehrstück ohne Lehre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2005
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