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Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)

Frank Wedekind

Book Overview: 

Earth Spirit (Erdgeist) is a play by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind. It forms the first part of his pairing of 'Lulu' plays (the second is Pandora's Box), both of which depict a society "riven by the demands of lust and greed". TThe eponymous "earth spirit" of this play is Lulu, who Wedekind described as a woman "created to stir up great disaster." Indeed, she is a purely sexual creature who scandalizes the community and drives men to ruin. The play has attracted a wide range of interpretations, from those who see it as misogynistic to those who claim Wedekind as a harbinger of women’s liberation.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .DR. GOLL. You're right; I got 'em mixed up.

ALVA. I have helped Buddhism to its legs.

DR. GOLL. By his legs is the stage-poet known.

ALVA. Corticelli dances the youthful Buddha as tho she had seen the light of the world by the Ganges.

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Community Reviews


I loved the whole play except the last act, it might just be me being 13 and all- but it was difficult for me to understand the situation there? All these new characters were introduced that -their correlation to Lulu didn’t really show. So I may have skipped the last act. Only because it wouldn’t h

Surprisingly funny for a tragedy.

When Frank Wedekind wrote his famous magnum opus, LULU, the play ran into many censorship problems and was infrequently produced. Oddly enough, although not many people saw it, the story became very famous (especially in Germany). In an effort to find a larger audience and reduce the censorship prob

I... don't get existentialism at all.