Gerhart Hauptmann's Before Daybreak

A Translation and an Introduction

Gerhart Hauptmann's Before Daybreak

112 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2994-0
    Published: January 2016

University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature

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Before Daybreak, the first important drama of German naturalism, was also the first play of Gerhart Hauptmann, the most significant naturalist of the theater. This translation by Peter Bauland (originally published in 1978) is the first colloquially convincing English version that captures the several levels of diction in this seminal modern drama. It is preceded by a critical introduction by the translator which places the play in historical context and discusses its form and content.


"Perhaps the highest tribute one can pay a translation is that it does not read or sound like a translation. Peter Bauland's rendition of Hauptmann's Vor Sonnenaufgang into colloquial American English succeeds admirably in fulfilling the purpose of this volume, which is to make the play accessible to American audiences."--Colloquia Germanica