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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 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,...


Of Mice and Men and The Moon Is Down

by John Steinbeck & James Earl Jones

Two devastating short novels adapted for the stage by Steinbeck himself

This Penguin Classics edition celebrates Steinbeck’s dramatic adaptations of his most powerful short novels, Of Mice and Men and The Moon...


Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare

“Golden lads and girls all must,

As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”

—Cymbeline

 

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragedy in which...


The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

by Aeschylus

One of the founding documents of Western culture and the only surviving ancient Greek trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus is one of the great tragedies of all time.

The three plays of the Oresteia portray the...


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

“O mother, mother! What have you done?”

Coriolanus

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this gripping political and personal tragedy—along with...


Henry VI, Part 3

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant...


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

This is one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies, for the romantic story of a young man, Bassanio, who has squandered his fortune and must borrow money to woo the wealthy lady he loves is set against the more...


The Man Who Had All the Luck

by Arthur Miller & Christopher Bigsby

The forgotten classic that launched the career of one of America's greatest playwrights

It took more than fifty years for The Man Who Had All the Luck to be appreciated for what it truly is: the first stirrings...


Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this powerful play that explores sexual hypocrisy and questions morality at all levels of society. This volume also...


Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare & Stephen Orgel

With new editors who have incorporated the most up-to-date scholarship, this revised Pelican Shakespeare series will be the premiere choice for students, professors, and general readers well into the twenty-first...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

No dramatist has ever seen with more frightening clarity into the heart and mind of a murderer than has Shakespeare in this compelling tragedy of evil. Taunted into asserting his “masculinity” by his ambitious...


Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragedy of politics and war, honor and love—along with more than a hundred pages of exclusive features,...


Early Plays

by Eugene O'Neill

This volume brings to readers a selection of Eugene O'Neill's early work, written between 1914 and 1921 and produced for the stage between 1916 and 1922. Included here are: seven one-act plays, The Moon of the...


Early American Drama

by Various

This unique volume includes eight early dramas that mirror American literary, social, and cultural history: Royall Tylers The Contrast (1789); William Dunlap'sAndre (1798); James Nelson Barker's The Indian...


Henry IV, Part 2

by William Shakespeare

After defeat at the Battle of Shrewsbury the rebels regroup. But Prince Hal’s reluctance to inherit the crown threatens to destroy the ailing Henry IV’s dream of a lasting dynasty. Shakespeare’s portrait...


The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare

“They do not love that do not show their love.”

—Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of the classic comedy of courtship and...


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

“A young man married is a man that’s marr’d.”

—All’s Well That Ends Well

 

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic play about gender,...


Love's Labor's Lost

by William Shakespeare

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant...


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus,...