Earth Spirit (1895) (Erdgeist) is a play by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind. It forms the first part of his pairing of ‘Lulu’ plays, the second is Pandora’s Box (1904), both of which depict a society “riven by the demands of lust and greed”. In German folklore an erdgeist is a gnome, first described in Goethe’s Faust (1808). Together with Pandora’s Box, Wedekind’s play formed the basis for the silent film Pandora’s Box (1929) starring Louise Brooks and the opera Lulu by Alban Berg (1935, premiered posthumously in 1937).
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