Spring Awakening

A Play

Frank Wedekind; Translated and with an introduction by Jonathan Franzen

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind’s controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekind’s intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play’s subject matter—teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality—is as explosive and important today as it was acentury ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, Spring Awakening offers no easy answersor redemption.

Today, one hundred years after the play’s first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the “best new musical . . . in a generation” (John Heilpern, The New York Observer). Franzen’s version of the text—for so long poorly served in English—is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldn’t be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.

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Spring Awakening is the best play ever written about teenagers, and Jonathan Franzen's fraught yet buoyant translation is the best I've ever read.  In a culture where lies about adolescence prevail, this funny and honest play is more relevant than ever. Spring Awakening is essential reading.”  —Christopher Shinn
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Frank Wedekind; Translated and with an introduction by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner. He is also the author of Freedom, selected for Oprah’s Book Club, The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion, and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 1996, he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

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Spring Awakening
A Play
Frank Wedekind; Translated and with an introduction by Jonathan Franzen

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Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
September 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865479784
ISBN10: 086547978X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 112 pages, Notes
$14.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
July 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429969246
ISBN10: 1429969245
112 pages
$9.99
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