Dramatist, theatre practitioner, novelist, and painter, August Strindberg’s diverse dramatic output embodied the modernist sensibility. He was above all one of the most radical innovators of Western theatre.

This book provides an insightful assessment of Strindberg’s vital contribution to the dramatic arts, while placing his creative process and experimental approach within a wider cultural context. Eszter Szalczer explores Strindberg’s re-definition of drama as a fluid, constantly evolving form that profoundly influenced playwriting and theatrical production from the German Expressionists to the Theatre of the Absurd. Key productions of Strindberg’s plays are analysed, examining his theatre as a living voice that continues to challenge audiences, critics, and even the most innovative directors.

August Strindberg provides an essential and accessible guide to the playwright’s work and illustrates the influence of his drama on our understanding of contemporary theatre.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

PART I Versions of a life

chapter 1|22 pages

Problematics of biography vs autobiography

chapter 2|10 pages

Between fiction and reality

part |2 pages

PART II A life in the theatre

part |2 pages

PART III Key plays

chapter 7|11 pages

Naturalism and the modern character

chapter 9|7 pages

The last sonatas

chapter 10|12 pages

Modernising history

part |2 pages

PART IV Key plays/productions