This work contains a general introduction to Sachs's carnival comedies together with nine plays in translation. The short situation comedies offer us brief but vivid enactments of scenes from daily life in the sixteenth century, humorously illustrating the petty foibles and weaknesses which govern us all. Yet in the few hundred lines which each occupies, he also touches on profound human truths, as well as highlighting current political and social ills. The plays will be of general interest to students of history, sociology, drama, and of the human condition in general, as well as to those who simply enjoy well-crafted comedy.
Hans Sachs - literature to the last; Sachs in English; carnival, plays and playing; the plays - "The Doctor with the Bog Nose", and "Der doctor mit der grossen nasen" (13 December 1559) - parallel texts, "The Travelling Scholar in Paradise" (8 October 1550), "Evil Fumes" (13 January 1551), "Insatiable Greed" (5 September 1551), "The Red-Hot Poker" (16 November 1551), "Dionisius the Tyrant" (28 January 1553), "The Inquisitor and all his Soup Cauldrons" (2 October 1553), "The Crying Pup" (25 January 1554), "The Farmer Carrying a Foal" (26 January 1559).