- Bertolt Brecht (Censorship (Ready Reference series))
- Bertolt Brecht (Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition)
- Bertolt Brecht (Critical Survey of Poetry)
- Bertolt Brecht (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Bertolt Brecht (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Bertolt Brecht (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Bertolt Brecht
- First Published: 1923
- Type of Work: Drama
- Type of Plot: Tragedy
- Setting: Augsberg, Germany, and environs
- Characters: Baal, Mech, Emily, Johannes Schmidt, Johanna Reiher, Ekart, Sophie Barger
- Genres: Drama, Tragedy
- Subjects: Homosexuality or homosexuals, Sex or sexuality, 1910's, Germany or German people, Hedonism, Expressionism
- Locales: Europe, Germany, Augsberg, Germany
After taking the seat of honor in a dining room filled with admirers, the indigent poet Baal shows more interest in the food on his plate than he does in the praise of his poetry. Mech, a timber magnate, offers to publish Baal’s work, but when Baal makes a pass at his wife, Emily, Mech is offended and leaves—as does everyone else.
Back in Baal’s attic, Johannes asks Baal if he should try to have sex with his fiancé, Johanna. Baal tells him to avoid it because he will not have the toughness to abandon her when his passion dissipates.
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