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- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 14.99
The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's version of Sophocles' Philoctetes . Written in the fifth century BC, this play concerns the predicament of the outcast hero, Philoctetes, whom the Greeks marooned on the island of Lemnos and forgot about until the closing stages of the Siege of Troy. Abandoned because of a wounded foot, Philoctetes nevertheless... more...
- Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 5.99
In Romeo and Juliet , Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers? final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this... more...
- HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 1.99
True love takes the stage at the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hipployta, as the fairies of the forest interfere with the lives of mortals attending the wedding feast. Although betrothed to Demetrius, Hermia is in love with Lysander and must choose between bowing to her father?s wishes or a life of chastity. But Helena is in love with Demetrius,... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 4.99
Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay?but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple,... more...
- Nick Hern Books 2013; US$ 11.99
A penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication. Winner of Best New Play, at the Off-West End Theatre Awards. Billy's family, like every other, is a club, with its own private language, jokes and rules. You can be as rude as you like, as possessive as you like, as critical as you like. Arguments are an expression... more...
- Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 11.99
In a large country house in Derbyshire in April 1809 sits Lady Thomasina Coverly, aged thirteen, and her tutor, Septimus Hodge. Through the window may be seen some of the '500 acres inclusive of lake' where Capability Brown's idealized landscape is about to give way to the 'picturesque' Gothic style: 'everything but vampires', as the garden historian... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 10.95
Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 5.95
George Bernard Shaw was the greatest British dramatist after Shakespeare, a satirist equal to Jonathan Swift, and a playwright whose most profound gift was his ability to make audiences think by provoking them to laughter. In one of his best-loved plays, Pygmalion, which later became the basis for the musical My Fair Lady, Shaw compels the audience... more...
- ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99
The Dynasts is a closet drama about the Napoleonic war. ''It may, I think, claim at least a tolerable fidelity to the facts of its date as they are give in ordinary records,'' Hardy says in his preface, but this is no merely historical drama, as the story more...