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Vera: or, The Nihilists

by Oscar Wilde

Mich. No, Father Peter, not yet; 'tis a good three miles to the post office, and she has to milk the cows besides, and that dun one is a rare plaguey creature for a wench to handle. Peter. Why didn't you go...


Lady Windermere's Fan

by Oscar Wilde

Beautiful, aristocratic, an adored wife and young mother, Lady Windermere is 'a fascinating puritan' whose severe moral code leads her to the brink of social suicide. The only one who can save her is the mysterious...


For Love of the King: A Burmese Masque

by Oscar Wilde

The very interesting and richly coloured masque or pantomimic play which is here printed in book form for the first time, was invented sometime in 1894 or possibly a little earlier. It was written, not for publication,...


A Florentine Tragedy: La Sainte Courtisane (fragments)

by Oscar Wilde

A Florentine Tragedy is a fragment of a never-completed play by Oscar Wilde. The subject concerns Simone, a wealthy 16th century Florentine merchant who finds his wife Bianca in the arms of a local prince, Guido...


The Duchess of Padua

by Oscar Wilde

"The Duchess of Padua" is a five-act play by Oscar Wilde which was originally written for American actress Mary Anderson in 1883. Due to her rejection of the play, it was not performed until 1891 by the American...


There Are Crimes and Crimes: A Comedy

by August Strindberg & Edwin Björkman

Swedish playwright August Strindberg's early works ushered in a new era of gritty realism, but his later works strayed from this style as his personal interests began to veer toward mysticism and the occult....


Lucky Pehr: A Drama in Five Acts

by August Strindberg & Velma Swanston Howard

Though Swedish author August Strindberg produced significant works in fields ranging from memoir to observations of the natural world, he is best remembered as a groundbreaking dramatist whose plays were far...


The First Man

by Eugene O'Neill

This thought-provoking play from Irish-American playwright Eugene O'Neill takes an unflinching look at the challenges of parenting and the often primal conflicts that can fester between parents and their children....


The Hairy Ape

by Eugene O'Neill

One of the most significant plays of the twentieth century, Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape is still as startlingly fresh and innovative as it was when it was first published nearly a hundred years ago. Primal...


The Straw

by Eugene O'Neill

Irish-American playwright Eugene O'Neill is credited with altering the trajectory of American drama in the early twentieth century by focusing on the lives of working-class people and using language that more...


The Jewel Merchants: A Comedy in One Act

by James Branch Cabell

Set in early sixteenth-century Tuscany, this short comedic romp from author James Branch Cabell explores the moral lassitude and selective ethics of a coterie of businessmen. It's a thoroughly entertaining look...


Plays of Gods and Men

by Lord Dunsany

Irish aristocrat Lord Dunsany was a wealthy man of leisure, but when it came to the craft of writing, he was productive and prolific, creating nearly 100 works in his lifetime, many of which are cited as important...


Translations of Shakuntala: And Other Works

by Kalidasa & Arthur W. Ryder

Regarded as the most important figure in the Classical Sanskrit literary canon, Kalidasa was a poet and playwright who likely lived in the fifth century AD. This collection brings together some of Kalidasa's...


The Tragedies of Euripides

by Euripides

Ten tragedies by one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, namely Hecuba, Orestes, The Phœnician Virgins, Medea, Hippolytus, Alcestis, The Bacchæ, The Heraclidæ, Iphigenia in Aulis, and Iphigenia...


The Seven Against Thebes

by Aeschylus

Aeschylus was the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays can still be read or performed, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. He is often described as the father of tragedy: our knowledge...


A Preface to Shakespeare's Comedies

by Michael Mangan

This is an informative and interesting guide to the comedies of love - The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like...


Shakespeare: The Last Plays

by Kiernan Ryan

This is the first collection of criticism on Shakespeare's romances to register the impact of modern literary theory on interpretations of these plays. Kiernan Ryan brings together the most important recent...


Roberto Bolaño's Fiction: An Expanding Universe

by Chris Andrews

Since the publication of The Savage Detectives in 2007, the work of Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003) has achieved an acclaim rarely enjoyed in contemporary fiction. Chris Andrews, a leading translator of Bolaño’s...


Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

by Jenny Davidson

A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that drive us to fall in love with certain sentences over others and the larger implications of our relationship with writing...


Shakespeare's History Plays

by Robert Watt

Shakespeare's history plays are central to his dramatic achievement. In recent years they have become more widely studied than ever, stimulating intensely contested interpretations, due to their relevance to...