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- Penguin Books Ltd 1994; US$ 14.09
?A tearing, flaring, revivalist drama? was how Desmond MacCarthy described The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet. Set in America?s Wild West and aptly subtitled ?A Sermon in Crude Melodrama?, this single-act play concerns the conversion of a horse thief desperate to ?keep the devil? in him and die game. Published in 1909, it brought Shaw into conflict with... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 16.91
Following the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign in the early seventeenth century, the new court of King James was beset by political instability and moral corruption. This atmosphere provided fertile ground for the dramatists of the age, whose plays explore the ways in which social decadence and the abuse of power breed resentment and lead inexorably... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 11.27
The tale of Peachum, thief-taker and informer, conspiring to send the dashing and promiscuous highwayman Macheath to the gallows, became the theatrical sensation of the eighteenth century. In THE BEGGAR'S OPERA, John Gay turned conventions of Italian opera riotously upside-down, instead using traditional popular ballads and street tunes, while also... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 1997; US$ 18.32
The 18 plays are: The Shadowy Waters; Cathleen in Houlihan; The Hour Glass; On Baile's Strabd; The Green Helmet; Deirdre; At the Hawk's Well; The Dreaming of the Bones; The Cat and the Moon; The Only Jealousy of Emer; Calvary; Sophocles' King Oedipus; The Resurrection; The Words Upon the Windwo-FPane; The King of the Great Clock Tower; The herne's... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 16.91
After the restoration of King Charles II to the British throne in 1660, dramatists experienced new freedom in an age that broke from the strict morality of puritan rule and in which elegance and wit became the chief virtues. Irreverent, licentious and cynical, the three plays collected here hold up a mirror to this dazzling era and satirize the gulf... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 21.14
With piercing accuracy William ongreve depicted the shallow, brittle world of 'society' where the right artifice in manners, fashion and conversation--and money--eased the passage to success. Through sparkling, witty dialogue and brilliant characterisation--Lady Plyant, Valentine, Lady Touchwood, Mirabell and Millamant--Congreve exposed the follies... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 21.14
Elizabethan domestic tragedies depicted the workings of Fortune in the lives of ordinary people, telling stories of sin, discovery, punishment and divine mercy, with their settings and characterization often enhanced by a highly entertaining blend of realism and sensationalism. Only some half-dozen survive to offset the dramas of kings and nobles in... more...
- Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 14.57
Obsessed with his own salvation, the hermit Paulo dedicates himself to ten years of prayerful penance. When his faith wavers, the ever-watchful Devil seizes the moment to convince him that he shares the fate of one Enrico, a notorious Neapolitan gangster destined for damnation. Swearing vengeance, Paulo lashes out against God and assembles a band... more...
- Nick Hern Books 2012; US$ 15.99
Mary Shelley: daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft; lover of Shelley; author of Frankenstein Helen Edmundson’s compelling play explores a crucial episode in the early life of Mary Shelley her meeting and scandalous elopement aged sixteen with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and its consequences for her sisters, her stepmother and above all,... more...