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  • Shakespeare: Hamletby Paul A. Cantor

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 20.00

    Cantor provides a clearly structured introduction to Shakespeare's most famous tragedy. more...

  • English Mystery Playsby Peter Happe

    Penguin Books Ltd 1975; US$ 25.37

    Humour, pathos and suffering, and the culminating drama of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, give these plays a wonderful immediacy. Their action was conceived on a cosmic scale and all the enthusiasm and vitality of their writing is retained to this day. The energies of whole communities, notably at Chester, York and Wakefield, were devoted to their... more...

  • Homage to Cataloniaby George Orwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.09

    In this chronicle of his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic and brutal episode in European history. 'An unrivalled picture of the rumours, suspicions and treachery... more...

  • The Figaro Trilogyby Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais; David Coward

    OUP Oxford 2003; US$ 8.99

    The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother were the first plays to use a set of recurring characters who develop over time. They chronicle the slide of the ancien regime into revolution and Figaro was seen as a threat to the establishment. The impertinent, bustling servant was appropriated by Mozart and Rossini for their... more...

  • The Actor and the Targetby Declan Donnellan

    Nick Hern Books 2013; US$ 16.99

    A fresh and radical approach to acting by a world-famous director. 'This new "Advice to the Players" cuts open every generalisation about acting and draws out gleamingly fresh specifi. Behind the joy and humour of the writing, Declan Donnellan is subtly leading young actors to an awareness of the living processes behind their work. He brings as... more...

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Deadby Tom Stoppard

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 15.49

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the ill-fated attendant lords. The National Theatre production in April 1967 made Tom Stoppard's reputation virtually overnight. Its wit, stagecraft and verbal verve remain as exhilarating... more...

  • Cloudsby Aristophanes; Peter Meineck; Ian C. Storey

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2000; US$ 8.50

    This line-for-line translation of Aristophanes' best-known comedy features an Introduction on Old Comedy, and the place of Clouds and Aristophanic comedy within it. Footnotes and more detailed endnotes further distinguish this edition of a play famous for its caricature of Socrates and of the "new learning." more...

  • Plautus and Terence: Five Comediesby Deena Berg; Douglass Parker

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1999; US$ 11.95

    This is a book worthy of high praise. . . . All versions are exceedingly witty and versatile, in verse that ripples from one?s lips, pulling all the punches of Plautus, the knockabout king of farce, and proving that the more polished Terence can be just as funny. Accuracy to the original has been thoroughly respected, but look at the humour in rendering... more...

  • A Doll's Houseby Henrik Ibsen; E. Haldeman-Julius

    Joshua James Press 1879; US$ 3.95

    The controversial play, The Doll?s House, was written by leading Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, in 1879. Although it appears at first, to be a portrait of the happy marriage between the lighted hearted and devoted wife Nora and her seemingly perfect and provident husband, Torvald, we soon become aware of deeper more serious social issues. more...

  • The Wolves and the Lambby William Makepeace Thackeray

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    The Wolves and the Lamb (1854) is a comedy in two acts by William Makepeace Thackeray. The play is set in familial surroundings and revolves around the lives of the wealthy widower and city merchant Horace Milliken and his family. Miss Prior, governess to Milliken's children, is also an important character. The play opens in Milliken's villa... more...