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The Father

by August Strindberg

Highly emotional study of marital upheaval and a no-holds-barred struggle between man and woman. One of the most gripping psychological dramas of modern theater. Biographical Note.


Love's Labour's Lost

by William Shakespeare

A well-intentioned king vows to forego all fleshly delights, setting the stage for romantic hijinks. The customary Shakespearean comic elements — lovers in disguise, a witty clown, and sparkling repartee —...


Peer Gynt

by Henrik Ibsen

Masterpiece of world drama explores the virtues and vices common to all humanity as it follows a charming but arrogant young man through his life-long adventures.


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare

A military hero of ancient Rome attempts to shift from his career as a general to become a politician — a disastrous move that results in his leading an attack on Rome.


The Jew of Malta

by Christopher Marlowe

Prejudice, the intricacies of Mediterranean politics, and Machiavellian strategy abound in this masterpiece of Elizabethan theater. The eponymous character in this suspenseful drama, a prototype for Shakespeare's...


The Way of the World

by William Congreve

Greatest of all Restoration comedies depicts the scheming of a nest of shallow, deceitful aristocrats to prevent two lovers from marrying. Delicious verbal battles of the sexes, exceptional depths of feeling...


The Imaginary Invalid

by Moliere & Henri van Laun

A hypochondriac, victimized by pompous physicians, tests the loyalty of a loving daughter and discovers the contempt of his scheming and greedy second wife. This classic comedy reveals the universal frailties...


The Beggar's Opera

by John Gay

A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events. This satirical 1728 play was to become the prototype for Threepenny Opera.


Volpone and The Alchemist

by Ben Jonson

These much-studied and frequently performed comedies by the great Elizabethan playwright satirize the greed, mendacity, gullibility, and pretension that Jonson saw rampant in 17th-century London society.


The School for Scandal

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

A theater classic, often called the best comedy of manners in English, is a delightful play that brilliantly skewers the affectation and pretentiousness of aristocratic Londoners of the 1770s.


Four Great Restoration Comedies

by William Wycherley

Comedy classics that defined a new era in drama: The Country Wife by William Wycherley; The Man of Mode by Sir George Etheredge; The Rover by Aphra Benn; and The Relapse by Sir John Vanbrugh.


Boydell's Shakespeare Prints: 90 Engravings

by John Boydell & Josiah Boydell

This impressive collection of engravings illustrates A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and 26 other plays....


A Shakespearian Grammar: An Attempt to Illustrate Some of the Differences Between Elizabethan and Modern English

by E. A. Abbott

Finest guide to the peculiarities of Elizabethan syntax, grammar, and prosody addresses every idiomatic usage found in Shakespeare's works. Each of more than 500 classifications is illustrated with quotes, all...


World Drama, Volume 1: 26 Unabridged Plays

by Barrett H. Clark

Volume 1 of this two-volume set contains 26 plays including Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound"; Sophocles "Antigone"; Seneca "Medea"; Marlowe, "Dr. Faustus"; Heywood, "A Woman Killed with Kindness"; Johnson, "Every...


The System Of Doctor Goudron And Professor Plume: A Grand Guignol Classic

by Andre De Lorde

THE?SYSTEM?OF DOCTOR?GOUDRON?AND?PROFESSOR?PLUME, staged at the legendary Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris in 1903, was the first sensational horror play by André de Lorde, the prolific author who went to produce...


The Sea Gull

by Anton Chekhov

Great Russian playwright's tragic masterpiece portrays the inner anguish of a tormented artist who burns with unrequited love. Acclaimed as a prototype of 20th-century drama, it brilliantly reveals the universal...


The Emperor Jones

by Eugene O'Neill

Bold, expressionistic drama describing the fall of a self-proclaimed, plundering monarch of a West Indian island. Powerful work established O'Neill's reputation as one of America's most important dramatists....


Don Juan in Hell: From Man and Superman

by George Bernard Shaw

This dream episode from Man and Superman forms a play within the play, consisting of a dramatic reading in which the Devil himself comments on heaven and hell, good and evil, and human purpose.


The Inspector General

by Nikolai Gogol

A small-town policeman scrambles to conceal bribery and other misdeeds from a visiting official in Gogol's masterpiece of dramatic satire. Biting, highly entertaining treatment of universal human foibles and...


Oedipus at Colonus

by Sophocles

Blamed for the discord within his former kingdom and banished by its citizens, Oedipus wanders for years in lonely exile until he finds a haven in a sacred olive grove at Colonus.