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The Duchess of Malfi

by John Webster

The evils of greed and ambition overwhelm love, innocence, and the bonds of kinship in this dark tragedy concerning the secret marriage of a noblewoman and a commoner.


The Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov

One of Chekhov's most powerful plays probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they long to escape.


Bacchae

by Euripides

Classic Greek tragedy concerns the catastrophe that ensues when the King of Thebes imprisons Dionysus and attempts to suppress his cult. Striking scenes, frenzied emotion, and choral songs of power and beauty....


Lady Windermere's Fan

by Oscar Wilde

Sparkling repartee, epigrams, and dialogue enliven this witty Victorian comedy of manners in which a model of social rectitude learns from an unexpected source the difference between true morality and its appearance....


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

The daughter of a renowned physician pursues her passion for an elusive bridegroom through a comic maze of mistaken identities, betrayals, repentance, and dramatic revelation. An extraordinary combination of...


Tamburlaine

by Christopher Marlowe

From one of England's greatest playwrights, the work that set the form for later Elizabethan dramas. A 2-part romantic tragedy focusing on one man's relentless rise to greatness and eventual downfall.


Japanese No Masks: With 300 Illustrations of Authentic Historical Examples

by Friedrich Perzynski & Stanley Appelbaum

120 full-page plates of magnificent, elaborately carved, museum-quality masks worn by actors playing gods, warriors, beautiful women, feudal lords, and supernatural beings. Captions.


Life Is a Dream/La Vida es Sueño: A Dual-Language Book

by Pedro Calderon de la Barca & Stanley Appelbaum

This 17th-century allegorical masterpiece explores the mysteries of human destiny as it tells the story of a Polish prince, imprisoned at birth by his father, the King, to thwart the dire predictions of astrologers....


Othello

by William Shakespeare

Towering tragedy tells the story of a Moorish general who earns the enmity of his ensign Iago when he passes him over for a promotion. Masterly portrait of an archvillain. Explanatory footnotes.


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

The quintessential Shakespearean tragedy, whose highly charged confrontations and anguished soliloquies probe depths of human feeling rarely sounded in any art. Reprinted from an authoritative British edition...


An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde

Scintillating drawing-room comedy revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards. The dialogue between young lovers, society matrons, and a formidable femme...


Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, Vol. 1

by Alexander Schmidt

Volume 1 of massive work by a leading Shakespeare scholar and lexicographer, a standard in the field, provides full definitions, locations, and shades of meaning in every word in Shakespeare's plays and poems....


Ten Plays

by Anton Chekhov

The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and Ivanov, plus 5 one-act comedies: The Anniversary, An Unwilling Martyr, The Wedding, The Bear, and The Proposal.


The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone

by Sophocles & Sir George Young

The stirring tale of a legendary royal family's fall and ultimate redemption, the Theban trilogy endures as the crowning achievement of Greek drama. Essential reading for English and classical studies majors....


Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Four of the playwright's greatest works: Hamlet; Macbeth; Othello; and Romeo and Juliet, the tale of the lovers whose names are synonymous with star-crossed romance.


Ten Tales from Shakespeare

by Charles Lamb & Mary Lamb

Prose retellings of The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, and Othello.


Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers

by E. Nesbit

12 of the Bard's most famous plays, delightfully adapted for young readers: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, As You Like It, and 8 others.


Five Great Greek Tragedies

by Sophocles, Euripides & Aeschylus

Features Oedipus Rex and Electra by Sophocles (translated by George Young), Medea and Bacchae by Euripides (translated by Henry Hart Milman), and Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (translated by George Thomson)....


Dr. Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe

One of the glories of Elizabethan drama: Marlowe's powerful retelling of the story of the learned German doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Footnotes.


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

The bewitching tale of Prospero, an old magician, and his daughter, who live on an enchanted island. A shipwreck brings old enemies to the island, setting the stage for comedy, romance, and reconciliation.