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Das Erbtheil des Vaters
Iffland, August Wilhelm. Das Erbtheil des Vaters. Zur bie t.f. hoftheater. Wien Aus Kosten. Wein, 1803. Produced Vienna Burgtheater Oct. 29, 1802. Richel p.73. 8vo. Contemporary decorated wrappers. 142pp. plus frontispiece. Minor dampstaining. Drama in 4 acts in prose. Earlier performed Berlin 1800; Leipzig1802; Weimar 1802. First published Leipzig, 1802; Two editions of 144 pps exist: this & Frank at Augusburg. Das Erbtheil des Vaters [the father's share of the inheritance], the 52nd play of Iffland's, is an example of Familienstucke, the genre of of "meticulous if sentimental depictions of middle-class home life" for which he became popular (Carlson). In Weimar, Goethe produced 31 of Iffland's plays, as they, according to Carlson, offered relief in politically turbulent times "by their careful exclusion of any possibly disturbing reference to politics, social problems, or history." The author, August Wilhelm Iffland, (1759-1814) was a German actor, director, dramatist (B. Hannover). He entered the Court Theatre of Gotha in 1777. By 1796 he was director of the Nationaltheater in Berlin, a position he held until his death. He is thought to have influenced Goethe's views on acting. He wrote 60 plays or so and wielded an enormous influence on German drama of the time with plays filled with bourgeois emotions and realism. According to Goethe, his best play is Die Hagestolzen (The Bachelor) 1791 which was performed, in its own time, 146 times in Berlin and 115 times in Vienna. Iffland's collected Dramatische Werke in 16 vols was published Leipzig 1798-1802 and Theatralische Werke 10 vls, Leipzig 1858-60. Reference: Jelavich, Peter, Wilhelm August Iffland in McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama. (Stanley Hochman, editor). 1982; Carlson, Marvin. The German Stage in the nineteenth century (1972). OCLC lists no copies of any early edition in U.S. libraries.
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