Büchner's play is amazing, written in the 19th century but widely regarded as the first truly "modern" drama. It was based on the real-life case of a barber who stabbed his mistress in a fit of jealousy and was sentenced to death in 1821. A classic study, you might think, of violence prompted by sexual rage. But in Büchner's fragmented scenes it becomes something else altogether: a naturalistic tragedy, a damning social critique, a lower-class King Lear, a debate on free will and determinism. Hold it up to the light and it always takes on a different colour. --Guardian
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About the Author
Georg Buchner is widely acknowledged as the forefather of modern theatre. On his death at the age of 23, he left behind some outstanding dramatic works: his historical drama, Danton's Death, 'the most remarkable first play in European culture' (Guardian), the innovatory tragedy, Woyzeck, and the absurdist comedy, Leonce and Lena. He also left a powerful short story, Lenz, an important account of his research into cranial nerves, and his revolutionary pamphlet, The Hessian Courier.