THE PARTNERSHIP
Brecht, Weill, Three Women and Germany on the Brink

PAMELA KATZ
480pp PHOTOS 2015 LIST PRICE: £23.50 AA16

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Among the most creative and outsized personalities of the Weimar Republic, that sizzling yet decadent epoch between the Great War and the Nazis' rise to power, were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the rebellious avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. These two young men and the three women vital to their work -- actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene Weigel and writer Elizabeth Hauptmann -- joined talents to create the theatrical and musical masterworks The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, only to split in rancour as their culture cracked open and their aesthetic and temperamental differences became irreconcilable.The Partnership is the first book to tell the full story of Brecht and Weill's impulsive, combustible partnership,