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None so Deaf as Those Who Won't Hear: A Comedietta in One Act

by Herbert Pelham Curtis

Born into affluence in high-society Boston, Herbert Pelham Curtis followed his father into the law and later entered military service. Along the way, he turned to literary pursuits as a hobby, first translating...


If

by Lord Dunsany

An early master of the genre of fantasy, the Irish aristocrat and writer Edward Plunkett (who wrote under the pseudonym "Lord Dunsany") achieved major literary acclaim during his lifetime. If is a full-length...


The Clouds

by Aristophanes & William James Hickie

Today, we tend to picture ancient Greece as a land of togas, lyres and plenty of philosophical pondering -- but even back then, people were annoyed with the likes of Socrates, Plato and other intellectual blowhards....


The Title: A Comedy in Three Acts

by Arnold Bennett

Set against the backdrop of World War I, this play is a rollicking send-up of Britain's class system and its growing absurdity in the heady period of democratization that began to transpire in the early twentieth...


Magic: A Fantastic Comedy

by G. K. Chesterton

In his very first attempt at playwriting, British author G.K. Chesterton knocked it out of the proverbial ballpark with Magic, a drawing-room comedy in which a diverse group of friends and family members gather...


Alice Sit-By-The-Fire

by J. M. Barrie

Written immediately after the play that would launch J. M. Barrie to international acclaim, Peter Pan, Alice Sit-By-The-Fire is just as charming, sweet and madcap as its predecessor. A group of older children...


Dear Brutus

by J. M. Barrie

Unlike much of his dramatic oeuvre, J. M. Barrie's play Dear Brutus has a number of striking parallels with the author's most enduring work, the children's classic Peter Pan. In this play, a mysterious man of...


What Every Woman Knows

by J. M. Barrie

In this lively and engaging four-act play, Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie tackles the touchy subject of women's roles in marriage with his trademark wit and insight. In an agreement more akin to a business transaction...


Black Beetles in Amber

by Ambrose Bierce

Though he is today best remembered for his acerbic satire, American writer Ambrose Bierce had a surprisingly broad range as a writer. Black Beetles in Amber is a collection of Bierce's poetry, which ranges from...


Plays of Near & Far

by Lord Dunsany

"Lord Dunsany" was the pen name of Irish writer Edward Plunkett. A prolific dramatist and short story writer, many credit Dunsany with sparking interest in the then-nascent fantasy genre. This collection brings...


Der Tag: The Tragic Man

by J. M. Barrie

This World War I-era play demonstrates that J. M. Barrie's talents as a playwright were much broader than the light fare for which he is best remembered, including Peter Pan. Set amidst a percolating global...


Echoes of the War

by J. M. Barrie

Though today he is best remembered for his work for younger audiences, including the beloved classic Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie was a writer of remarkable breadth and versatility who didn't shy away from tough...


The Resources of Quinola

by Honore de Balzac

Today, French writer Honore de Balzac is best remembered for The Human Comedy, a sprawling story cycle in which he attempted -- and some would argue, succeeded -- to capture the ebb and flow of everyday life...


Quality Street: A Comedy

by J. M. Barrie

In this play from Peter Pan writer J. M. Barrie, sisters Susan and Phoebe Throssell are in dire financial straits and decide to establish a school in order to pay the bills. When a long-lost lover comes back...


Comic Tragedies: Written by 'Jo' and 'Meg' and Acted by the 'Little Women'

by Louisa M. Alcott

Fans of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women will delight in the companion volume Comic Tragedies. Following up on Jo and Meg's love of drama and melodrama, this book presents a series of short plays...


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...