Mother Courage Johann Von Grimmelshausen Folio Society 1965


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Mother Courage by Johann Von Grimmelshausen

Courage is one of most indomitable women in European literature and a feminist icon for our times. The Life of Courage (first published in 1670), one episode from whose life Brecht used as the basis for his Mother Courage, is the female counterpart to Simplicissimus. A young girl caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years War, she survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. Completely amoral, she flits from man to man, having a succession of husbands and lovers, and ends her life with a band of gypsies. Hans von Grimmelshausen (c 1622 -76) was the father of the modern German novel and influenced it as Defoe did the English novel a few years later. Translated by Walter Wallich.


  • Folio Society First Edition No. 210
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 1965
  • Cream Canvas Hardback, 151 pp
  • Lift-ground drawings by Fritz Wegner
  • Size 210 x 145mm, 650g

Condition: Good – Darkening to Spine Copy, No Inscriptions, Good Copy

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Weight 0.65 kg


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