Item description for Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia: Oh, These Times! and The Siberian Shaman (Russian Theatre Archive) by L. O'malley...
Catherine the Great (1729-1796) wrote over two dozen plays and operettas, but not until this edition has a complete translation of any of them been available to an English- speaking readership. Oh, These Times& (1772) is a satirical attack on many vices Catherine wished to root out from her society: religious hypocrisy, superstition and slander. The main character, Mrs. Pious, is a superficially religious old woman who resembles Moliere's Tartuffe. Catherine again sets her sights on superstition in The Siberian Shaman (1786), this time by satirizing shamanism as a deceitful profession which preys on the gullible. This play was part of a group of three plays usually known as Catherine's "anti-masonic" trilogy, written as a warning against the growing influence of the freemasons. In a comprehensive introduction, Lurana Donnels O'Malley relates the plays to Catherine's status and philosophy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 7" Height: 0.25" Weight: 1.27 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1998
ISBN 9057550229 ISBN13 9789057550225