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  • Three Plays for Puritansby George Bernard Shaw; Michael Billington

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 21.14

    Shaw believed that theatre audiences of the 1890s deserved more than the hollow spectacle and sham he saw displayed on the London stage. But he also recognized that people wanted to be entertained while educated, and to see purpose mixed with pleasure. In these three plays of ideas, Shaw employed traditional dramatic forms - Victorian melodrama, the... more...

  • The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet and Fanny's First Playby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    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...

  • Misalliance and the Fascinating Foundlingby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    Penguin Books Ltd 1995; US$ 14.09

    This volume features the play Misalliance, which explores the incongruities of human nature and family life, and Shaw's one-act burlesque, The Fascinating Foundling. more...

  • Three Restoration Comediesby George Etherege; William Congreve; William Wycherley

    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...

  • Three Playsby John Webster; David Gunby

    Penguin Books Ltd 1975; US$ 18.32

    The plays of Jacobean dramatist John Webster are masterpieces of early seventeenth-century English theatre. ‘The White Devil’ depicts a dark, sinister world of duplicity, intrigue and murderous infidelity, while ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ tells the macabre story of a woman who marries beneath herself and sets in motion a terrible cycle of violence. Unlike... more...

  • Plays Politicalby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    Penguin Books Ltd 1999; US$ 22.55

    While some of Shaw’s earlier plays are still performed, his later plays, such as the ones in this volume, are barely known. As the collective title indicates, the themes here are political; yet, frankly, it is doubtful how seriously we can now take Shaw as a political thinker. Despite writing in the 1930s, he has little to say of the nature of totalitarianism:... more...

  • Man and Supermanby George Bernard Shaw; Dan Laurence; Stanley Weintraub

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 12.68

    Shaw began writing MAN AND SUPERMAN in 1901 and determined to write a play that would encapsulate the new century's intellectual inheritance. Shaw drew not only on Byron's verse satire, but also on Shakespeare, the Victorian comedy fashionable in his early life, and from authors from Conan Doyle to Kipling. In this powerful drama of ideas, Shaw... more...

  • Saint Joanby George Bernard Shaw; Dan Laurence; Joley Wood

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 11.27

    One of Shaw's most unusual and enduringly popular plays. With SAINT JOAN (1923) Shaw reached the height of his fame and Joan is one of his finest creations; forceful, vital, and rebelling against the values that surround her. The play distils Shaw's views on the subjects of politics, religion and creative evolution. more...

  • The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Playsby Oscar Wilde; Richard Cave

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 12.68

    Wilde was both a glittering wordsmith and a social outsider. His drama emerges out of these two perhaps contradictory identities, combining epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation. Includes Lady Windermere's Fan, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, A Florentine Tragedy and The Importance of Being Earnest, which appears... more...

  • An Inspector Calls and Other Playsby J. B. Priestley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 14.09

    An Inspector Calls, first produced in 1946 when society was undergoing sweeping transformations, has recently enjoyed an enormously successful revival. While holding its audience with the gripping tension of a detective thriller, it is also a philosophical play about social conscience and the crumbling of middle class values. Time and the Conways and... more...