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King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Powerful tragedy of an aging king, betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. Perhaps the bleakest of Shakespeare's tragic dramas, complete with explanatory footnotes.


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

Passion divides and unites a spirited pair of lovers in a 16th-century battle of the sexes. Witty dialogue and slapstick humor abound in this ever-popular comedy. Inexpensive, unabridged edition perfect for...


A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love. Theseus and Hippolyta, about to marry, are figures from mythology. In the woods outside Theseus’ Athens, two young men and two young...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Great tragedy based on Plutarch's account of the lives of Brutus, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Evil plotting, ringing oratory, high tragedy with Shakespeare's incomparable insight, dramatic power. Explanatory...


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Deception and Pride-- Bassanio, a Venetian nobleman, wishes to woo the beautiful and wealthy Portia, but he is short on funds. So he turns to his friend Antonio, a wealthy merchant. Antonio agrees to help, but...


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...


Henry V

by William Shakespeare

Popular, much-studied drama focuses on the young warrior king — from his decision to press England's claim to the French throne, to his role in one of the greatest military triumphs in English history.


Our Town

by Thornton Wilder

Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the town of Grover 's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic....


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...


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

Cymbeline

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...