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Countess Julie

Countess Julie by August Strindberg
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August Strindberg’s naturalistic one-act drama has only three characters: Julie, a passionate young noblewoman; Jean, her father’s ambitious valet; and Kristin, the cook, who is also Jean’s fiancee. The play is set on Midsummer Eve, when everyone is reveling, and Julie and Jean get a bit too intimate – with tragic results.

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By August Strindberg

Translated by Edith and Warner Oland

To M. C. S. and J. H. S.,

Under whose rooftree these translations were made.


THE FATHER A Tragedy in III Acts.

COUNTESS JULIE A Tragedy in I Act.

THE OUTLAW A play in I Act.

THE STRONGER An Episode in I Scene.


Since the accompanying biographical note, which aims solely at outlining the principal events of Strindberg's life up to 1912, was put in type, the news of his death from cancer, at Stockholm on May 14, 1912, has been reported.

Of the plays included in the present volume, "The Father" and "Countess Julie" are representative of Strindberg's high water mark in dramatic technique and have successfully maintained their claim to a permanent place, not only in dramatic literature, but, as acting plays.

"The Stronger," than which no better example of Strindberg's uncanny power for analysis of the female mind exists, while essentially a chamber play, is from time to time presented at the theatre, and affords a splendid test of the dramatic ability of the actors, only one of whom speaks... Continue reading book >>

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