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  • Saloméby Oscar Wilde

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 2.50

    Written originally in French in 1892, Wilde's one-act tragedy Salome was translated into English by Lord Alfred Douglas, inspired some of Aubrey Beardsley's finest illustrations, and served as the text (in abridged form) for Strauss' renowned opera of the same name. A masterpiece of the Aesthetic movement, it enacts the biblical tale of a wanton... more...

  • She Stoops to Conquerby Oliver Goldsmith

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 2.50

    Charming satire of the sentimental comedies of the day has entertained audiences since 1773. A young lady poses as a serving girl to win the heart of a young gentleman too shy to court ladies of his own class. Many delightful deceits, hilarious turns of plot must be played out before the play concludes happily. Notes. more...

  • The Jew of Maltaby Christopher Marlowe

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 2.00

    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 Shylock, schemes desperately against Christian and Moslem hostility to cling to his wealth, his status, and his daughter. more...

  • The Way of the Worldby William Congreve

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 3.00

    One of the greatest of all Restoration comedies, this knowing comedy of manners depicts the scheming of a nest of shallow, deceitful aristocrats to prevent two lovers from marrying. The play abounds with felicitous phrasing, delicious verbal battles of the sexes and a depth of feeling and sensitivity. more...

  • The Rivalsby Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 3.00

    Immensely popular comedy of manners featuring such memorable characters as the lovely Lydia Languish, her suitor, Capt. Jack Absolute; and Lydia's aunt ? Mrs. Malaprop, cleverly revolves around false identities, romantic entanglements, and parental disapproval. Brilliant comic masterpiece satirizing the pretentiousness and sentimentality of 18th-century... more...

  • Major Barbaraby George Bernard Shaw

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 3.00

    When a Salvation Army officer learns that her father, a wealthy armaments manufacturer, has donated lots of money to her organization, she resigns in disgust but eventually sees the truth of her father's reasoning that social iniquity derives from poverty; it is only through accumulating wealth and power that people can help each other. more...

  • Arms and the Manby George Bernard Shaw

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 2.50

    In the opening scene of Arms and the Man, which establishes the play's embattled Balkan setting, young Raina learns of her suitor's heroic exploits in combat. She rhapsodizes that it is "a glorious world for women who can see its glory and men who can act its romance!" Soon, however, such romantic falsifications of love and warfare are brilliantly... more...

  • The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Seaby J. M. Synge

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 2.50

    Two beautifully crafted dramas set among the folk of the Aran Islands and western Irish coastlands. The Playboy of the Western World deals with its young hero's progress, in the eyes of others, from timid weakling to paragon of bravery. Riders to the Sea is a dark elegy to the fragile existence of those who live at the mercy of the sea. Reprinted... more...

  • The Admirable Crichtonby J. M. Barrie

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 2.50

    Once a month, Lord Loam encourages his servants to enter the drawing room for tea. This ritual defiance of tradition disturbs Crichton, the butler, who regards the class system as "the natural outcome of a civilized society." When the entire household is shipwrecked and stranded on a desert island, a new social order emerges ? with comic results for... more...

  • Lady Windermere's Fanby Oscar Wilde

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 2.50

    This Victorian comedy of manners sparkles with Wilde's trademark repartee, epigrams, and witty dialogue. Arch-moralist Lady Windermere, shattered by the suspicion of her husband?s infidelity, contemplates running off with a roué until her rival illustrates the difference between morality and its appearance. A comic masterpiece, studded with humorous... more...