Bentley on Brecht

Since their first meeting in Santa Monica, California in 1942, Eric Bentley has been Bertolt Brecht's other, offstage voice. Just as Brecht reshaped modern theater, Bentley's writings on Brecht helped shape his reputation in the United States and the rest of the world. Bentley on Brecht represents a lifetime of critical and personal thoughts on both Brecht as friend and Brecht as influential literary figure. Brought together in this volume are Brecht-Bentley correspondence, Bentley's personal recollections of his years with Brecht, including Charles Laughton's production of Galileo, Brecht's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and Bentley's analysis of Brecht's plays.

"An immensely valuable account of the interaction of two great personalities at a climactic period of history."—Martin Esslin