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By Brecht, Bertolt; Bradley, Laura J. R.; Brecht, Bertolt; Giles, Steve; Kuhn, Tom

"A guy with one thought is misplaced. He should have a number of, 4, many! He needs to stuff them in his wallet like newspapers, constantly the latest, you could dwell good among them, you could live simply among the theories."-Bertolt Brecht, 1920

"Brecht manages as a Marxist comic to mix an awfully delicate nostril for the imperfect, unfinished country of human affairs with the main resolute progressive dedication. In an epoch like our personal, whilst those recommendations became more and more polarized and particular, Brecht deals a no longer inconsiderable lesson."-Terry Eagleton

"Brecht's suggestion is current far and wide this day with no bearing his identify and with no our being conscious of it."-Fredric Jameson

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Brecht (who had already written a not entirely sympathetic review of a public reading by Thomas Mann back in 1920) exploited the dispute to define his own aesthetic and political position, both in public and in a number of unpublished notes. Most of his contributions are so laden with oblique references to more or less obscure literary figures and events that it is hard today to unravel them. The two texts above are just a sample. Later still, in anti-Nazi exile, the disagreement between Brecht and Mann became even more vitriolic.

17) for more on the relationship between the institutions of the theatre and the new drama. Terror Against Literature The great writers of all periods have rightly insisted on the label 'revolutionary'; for their works were collective products. The lesser literati are, according to the prevailing social conditions, some reactionary, some revolutionary. But since their ideas are always concerned only with the immediate conditions - they emerge on the basis and have value only in respect of these conditions - when the conditions need to be changed (which is a matter of collective instinct and not immediately apparent to the writers themselves) 38 Early Writings and Polemics 1914-1928 these lesser literati need to be socialised by terror - which will be simple enough, given their lack of internal substance and their dependence on external forces.

But the thorny path of experience soon taught us that instead we ourselves were the ones that they did not like, and that least of all they liked our dislike of them. Our plays were performed in an oldfashioned style suited to quite other things, so you might learn as little about us from the productions as you might learn about the characteristics of a motor car by harnessing it to carriage horses. As for how they did it, I have no idea. But at least they learned that we did not like them. In the hullabaloo which arose against and around us, it always looked chiefly as if they had something against usy and we were simply unable to explain properly that the main reason for the hullabaloo was that we had something against them.

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