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The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Magic and Intrigue-- Prospero, a wizard, is the rightful Duke of Milan, but his brother, in league with the King, had deposed him and set him adrift with his 3-year-old daughter Miranda 12 years earlier. Through...

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare's career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity...

Bohemia; or, La Bohème

by Théodore Barrière & Henry Murger

Henry Murger wrote a series of popular short stories in the late 1840s describing the poverty of the young artists of his generation in Paris, basing them on his personal experiences. These were adapted for...


by Euripides, Michael Collier & Georgia Machemer

The Greek Tragedy in New Translations series is based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves, or who work in collaboration with poets, can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless...


by Euripides

'Medea' is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea, and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the barbarian protagonist as she finds her position in the...

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression

Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s...

Oedipus Trilogy

by Sophocles

Oedipus the King is Sophocles' legendary rendition of the myth of the great king Oedipus, perhaps the best known of all of the Greek Tragedies.

When an oracle foretells that the young prince Oedipus will grow...

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller & Christopher Bigsby

A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community


The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe...

The Unexpected Guest

by Agatha Christie

A classic from the original queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen

When A Doll's House was first published in 1879 it created a sensation. The play follows the ordinary life of a housewife. Gradually the tensions within her marriage become clear and build to a final, stunning...

The Alchemist: A Play

by Ben Jonson

Samuel Taylor Coleridge said of Ben Jonson's The Alchemist that it had one out of the three most perfect plots in literature. This play, with its sharp portrayal of human folly, is considered by many to be Jonson's...

Othello: The Moor of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Believed to have been written in 1603, Shakespeare's Othello is a tragedy that puts the playwright's prodigious creative gifts on full display. Based loosely on a Renaissance-era Italian tale, Othello follows...

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles

Landmark of Western drama concerns the catastrophe that ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly construction, dramatic irony. Explanatory footnotes....

The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus

by Sophocles & Robert Fagles

The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C.

Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—Antigone,...

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (40 works) [Illustrated]

by William Shakespeare

40 of William Shakespeare's major works in one collection with active table of contents:

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

The Comedy of Errors

The Tragedie of Coriolanus


The Tragedie of Hamlet...

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams & Arthur Miller

The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play—reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), and Williams' essay "The World I Live In." It is a very...

Major Barbara

by George Bernard Shaw

Major Barbara is a 1905 play by George Bernard Shaw. Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy weapons trader, despises poverty believing "The greatest of our evils and the worst of our crimes is poverty ... our first duty,...


by George Bernard Shaw

In George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion a phonetician believes the power of speech is such that he can introduce a Cockney flower girl to polite society after careful language and etiquette training, and no...

Arms and the Man

by George Bernard Shaw

Arms and the Man was George Bernard Shaw's first commercially successful play. It is a comedy about idealized love versus true love. A young Serbian woman idealizes her war-hero fiance and thinks the Swiss soldier...

Lady Windermere's Fan

by Oscar Wilde

Lady Windermere's Fan: A Play About a Good Woman is a play by Oscar Wilde, who uses his sharp wit to satirize Victorian ideals about marriage. Lady Windemere suspects her husband of infidelity and retaliates...