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The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Tragicomic drama of love, wealth and justice revolves around a Venetian moneylender's bargain with a young merchant for "a pound of flesh."


Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw

A success on the stage, a popular film, and a musical hit (My Fair Lady), this brilliantly written play, with its irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, is one of the most acclaimed comedies in the English...


Four Great Histories: Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, Henry V, and Richard III

by William Shakespeare

This collection features the madcap adventures of Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part I, the love and war of Henry IV, Part II, the ideal monarch in Henry V and the ever-villainous Richard III.


Five Great Comedies: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and The Merry Wives

by William Shakespeare

This inexpensive Dover edition brings together 5 of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, from the magic and mischief of A Midsummer Night's Dream to the rollicking farce of The Merry Wives of Windsor.


The Trojan Women and Hippolytus

by Euripides

Two literary classics of human self-understanding: The Trojan Women, one of the most powerful indictments of war ever written, and Hippolytus, a gripping depiction of the struggle to master human passion.


The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare

Running an emotional gamut from betrayal and broken hearts to romance and reconciliation, this 1611 tragicomedy begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, whose baseless suspicions destroy his own...


Prometheus Bound

by Aeschylus

One of the greatest of the classical Greek dramas, based on the legend of the Titan demigod who defied Zeus to steal fire from the gods for the benefit of humanity.


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

A Scottish nobleman murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes tangled in a web of treachery and deceit that ultimately spells his doom....


Ghosts

by Henrik Ibsen

Powerful psychological drama (1881) exposes hypocrisy of social conventions. Mrs. Helen Alving is haunted by her husband's infidelities and the disease he has passed to their son.


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

When forbidden romance enters their lives, two noblewomen assume disguises and flee to the Forest of Arden, where they encounter friendly outlaws and wise fools. This comedy features memorable characters and...


She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith

Charming satire concerns a young lady who poses as a serving girl to win the heart of a young gentleman too shy to court ladies of his own class. Notes.


The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chekhov

Classic of world drama concerns passing of semifeudal order in turn-of-the-century Russia, symbolized in the sale of the cherry orchard owned by Madame Ranevskaya. Showcases Chekhov's rich sensitivities as an...


3 by Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III

by William Shakespeare

Comedy, tragedy, and history are masterfully represented in this anthology of Shakespeare's works. Features A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III. Includes informative footnotes.


The Oresteia Trilogy: Agamemnon, the Libation-Bearers and the Furies

by Aeschylus

Classic trilogy by great tragedian concerns the bloody history of the House of Atreus. Grand style, rich diction and dramatic dialogue. Still powerful after 2500 years.


Twelve Classic One-Act Plays

by Mary Carolyn Waldrep

This collection of royalty-free plays contains classics by well-known playwrights: Glaspell's Trifles, Synge's Riders to the Sea, Strindberg's The Stronger, plus works by Aristophanes, Chekhov, Yeats, Barrie,...


Three Great Plays: The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie and The Hairy Ape

by Eugene O'Neill

An important trio of plays by one of America's greatest playwrights: The Emperor Jones, a forceful psychological portrayal of brute power; The Hairy Ape, combining elements of class struggle and surreal tragedy;...


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

Two sets of identical twins provide the basis for ongoing incidents of mistaken identity, within a lively plot of quarrels, arrests, and a grand courtroom denouement. One of Shakespeare's earliest comedic efforts....


Henry IV, Part I

by William Shakespeare

Grand drama of nobles' rebellion against King Henry, complicated by the ruler's problems with the wayward Prince Hal. Superb blend of courtly intrigue, battlefield action, and comic interludes featuring Sir...


Major Barbara

by George Bernard Shaw

When a Salvation Army officer learns that her father, a wealthy armaments manufacturer, has donated lots of money to her organization, she resigns in disgust but ultimately realizes that through wealth, people...


The Rivals

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Immensely popular comedy of manners featuring such memorable characters as the lovely Lydia Languish, her suitor, Capt. Jack Absolute; and Lydia's aunt — Mrs. Malaprop, cleverly revolves around false identities,...