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R.U.R.

by Karel Capek Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

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....


Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen Dover Publications (April 25, 2012)

This dark psychological drama depicts the evil machinations of a ruthless, nihilistic heroine. Readers will discover an exploration of the nature of evil and the tragedy that lies in human frailty.


Salom

by Oscar Wilde Dover Publications (February 22, 2012)

Wilde's notorious masterpiece enacts the biblical tale of a wanton woman's erotic dance and the martyrdom of John the Baptist. Complete English edition (1894) with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley.


The Seven Against Thebes

by Aeschylus Dover Publications (July 11, 2012)

Oedipus's sons vie for the Theban crown. The victor, Eteocles, expels his brother, Polyneices, who flees to Argos and recruits a force of 7 champions to lead an assault on Thebes, with tragic results.


The Father

by August Strindberg Dover Publications (April 05, 2012)

Highly emotional study of marital upheaval and a no-holds-barred struggle between man and woman. One of the most gripping psychological dramas of modern theater. Biographical Note.


The Recognition of Sakuntala

by Kalidasa Dover Publications (June 27, 2012)

A classic introduction to Indian theater and aesthetics, this 5th-century tale of a king and a maiden who meet by chance and are separated by a curse was derived from the Mahabharata.


Love's Labour's Lost

by William Shakespeare Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

A well-intentioned king vows to forego all fleshly delights, setting the stage for romantic hijinks. The customary Shakespearean comic elements — lovers in disguise, a witty clown, and sparkling repartee —...


Peer Gynt

by Henrik Ibsen Dover Publications (March 22, 2012)

Masterpiece of world drama explores the virtues and vices common to all humanity as it follows a charming but arrogant young man through his life-long adventures.


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare Dover Publications (July 18, 2012)

A military hero of ancient Rome attempts to shift from his career as a general to become a politician — a disastrous move that results in his leading an attack on Rome.


The Jew of Malta

by Christopher Marlowe Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

Prejudice, the intricacies of Mediterranean politics, and Machiavellian strategy abound in this masterpiece of Elizabethan theater. The eponymous character in this suspenseful drama, a prototype for Shakespeare's...


The Way of the World

by William Congreve Dover Publications (March 30, 2012)

Greatest of all Restoration comedies depicts the scheming of a nest of shallow, deceitful aristocrats to prevent two lovers from marrying. Delicious verbal battles of the sexes, exceptional depths of feeling...


The Imaginary Invalid

by Molière & Henri van Laun Dover Publications (August 14, 2012)

A hypochondriac, victimized by pompous physicians, tests the loyalty of a loving daughter and discovers the contempt of his scheming and greedy second wife. This classic comedy reveals the universal frailties...


The Beggar's Opera

by John Gay Dover Publications (October 19, 2012)

A receiver of stolen goods informs on his chief supplier, setting in motion an increasingly absurd turn of events. This satirical 1728 play was to become the prototype for Threepenny Opera.


Volpone and The Alchemist

by Ben Jonson Dover Publications (November 29, 2012)

These much-studied and frequently performed comedies by the great Elizabethan playwright satirize the greed, mendacity, gullibility, and pretension that Jonson saw rampant in 17th-century London society.


The School for Scandal

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan Dover Publications (April 09, 2012)

A theater classic, often called the best comedy of manners in English, is a delightful play that brilliantly skewers the affectation and pretentiousness of aristocratic Londoners of the 1770s.


Four Great Restoration Comedies

by William Wycherley Dover Publications (March 06, 2012)

Comedy classics that defined a new era in drama: The Country Wife by William Wycherley; The Man of Mode by Sir George Etheredge; The Rover by Aphra Benn; and The Relapse by Sir John Vanbrugh.


The Emperor Jones

by Eugene O'Neill Dover Publications (January 23, 2013)

Bold, expressionistic drama describing the fall of a self-proclaimed, plundering monarch of a West Indian island. Powerful work established O'Neill's reputation as one of America's most important dramatists....


Don Juan in Hell: From Man and Superman

by George Bernard Shaw Dover Publications (July 05, 2012)

This dream episode from Man and Superman forms a play within the play, consisting of a dramatic reading in which the Devil himself comments on heaven and hell, good and evil, and human purpose.


The Inspector General

by Nikolai Gogol Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

A small-town policeman scrambles to conceal bribery and other misdeeds from a visiting official in Gogol's masterpiece of dramatic satire. Biting, highly entertaining treatment of universal human foibles and...


Oedipus at Colonus

by Sophocles Dover Publications (April 26, 2012)

Blamed for the discord within his former kingdom and banished by its citizens, Oedipus wanders for years in lonely exile until he finds a haven in a sacred olive grove at Colonus.


The Wild Duck

by Henrik Ibsen Dover Publications (July 05, 2012)

The idealistic son of a corrupt merchant exposes his father's duplicity, but in the process, destroys the very people he wishes to save.


Electra

by Sophocles Dover Publications (April 26, 2012)

Masterpiece of drama concerns the revenge Electra takes on her mother for the murder of her father. One of the best-known heroines of all drama and a towering figure of Greek tragedy.


The Duchess of Malfi

by John Webster Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

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.


Bacchae

by Euripides Dover Publications (June 15, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (December 26, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (August 04, 2013)

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 Dover Publications (April 09, 2012)

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.


Othello

by William Shakespeare Dover Publications (March 28, 2012)

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.


An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde Dover Publications (March 23, 2012)

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...


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

by Sophocles & Sir George Young Dover Publications (February 06, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (August 09, 2012)

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.


Five Great Greek Tragedies

by Sophocles, Euripides & Aeschylus Dover Publications (February 06, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 06, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (March 22, 2012)

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.


Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (June 19, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (January 22, 2013)

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 Dover Publications (March 28, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (December 18, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (March 30, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 28, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (March 13, 2012)

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.


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

by William Shakespeare Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 13, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (February 13, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

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 Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

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...