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The Awakening of Spring

Frank Wedekind

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The Awakening of Spring is the German dramatist Frank Wedekind's first major play and a seminal work in the modern history of theatre. It is the source material for the contemporary rock musical Spring Awakening. The play criticises the sexually-oppressive culture of fin de siècle Germany and offers a vivid dramatisation of the erotic fantasies that it breeds.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Hans Rilow, but Hans Rilow had learned it all from his governess when he was a child.


I have gone through Meyer's Little Encyclopedia from A to Z. Words—nothing but words and words! [Pg 37] Not a single plain explanation. Oh, this feeling of shame!——What good to me is an encyclopedia that won't answer me concerning the most important question in life?


Did you ever see two dogs running together about the streets?


No!——Don't tell me anything to-day, Melchior. I have Central America and Louis the Fifteenth before me. And then the sixty verses of Homer, the seven equations and the Latin composition.——I would fail in all of them again to-morrow. To drudge successfully I must be as stupid as an ox.


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Community Reviews

3.5 stars that turned into 4! It's like when a rather ordinary caterpillar transforms into this gorgeous butterfly...or let's say moth, because moths are beautiful too, but in a rather dark, complex and at first glace hidden and unappreciated way. And so multi-facetted!

After finishing, I was kind of

Ενα έργο που μιλάει για μια παρέα εφήβων που ανακαλύπτουν το σώμα τους, την σεξουαλικοτητα τους μέσα σε μια ασφυκτική κοινωνία που θεωρεί το γυμνό σώμα ντροπή. Βία, αυτοκτονία, έρωτας, ρομαντισμός μέσα σε αυτήν την κοινωνία που σε πνίγει. Γραμμένο το 1891,δυστυχώς φαντάζει σημερινό...more

Having read this after watching the musical, it frustrates me even further that the musical version turned the rape scene into a love scene.. (although I'm not really buying the love scene anyway because Wendla had no real understanding of what was going on in both the play and musical). The rest of

An interesting play, that's probably as taboo now as it would have been a hundred years ago. Teen suicide, sadistic and masochistic acts, teen sex, murder, moping, masturbation and depression. On top of all these 'disturbing' elements are some very humorous moments and wonderfully written moments of

Usually, I find reading plays a poor second to seeing them performed, but some plays are simply unplayable. Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening (Frühlings Erwachen) comes into that category. Apart from the problem of most of the characters being young teenagers (adults playing children never works), t

This is genuinely a good translation, but as is always the case with Jonathan Franzen, does he really have to be such an asshole about it? No translation but his is worth reading; no interpretation of the text but his is valid. Get over yourself, dude.

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