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  • William Shakespeare Complete Worksby William Shakespeare; Jonathan Bate; Eric Rasmussen

    Random House Publishing Group 2015; US$ 75.00

    FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, THE FIRST AUTHORITATIVE, MODERNIZED, AND CORRECTED EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE?S FIRST FOLIO IN THREE CENTURIES. Skillfully assembled by Shakespeare?s fellow actors in 1623, the First Folio was the original Complete Works. It is arguably the most important literary work in the English language. But starting... more...

  • Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies: The Stage Adaptationby Hilary Mantel; Mike Poulton

    Picador 2015; US$ 16.99

    MIKE POULTON'S TWO-PART STAGE ADAPTATION OF HILARY MANTEL'S ACCLAIMED NOVELS WOLF HALL AND BRING UP THE BODIES Hilary Mantel?s Thomas Cromwell novels are the most formidable literary achievements of recent times, both recipients of the Man Booker Prize. Adapted by Mike Poulton, the plays were premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the... more...

  • Humble Boyby Charlotte Jones

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 14.99

    An award-winning new play that has been called ?a brilliant latter-day variant on Elsinore in an English country garden blitzed by bees? (Sheridan Morley, The Spectator ) All is not well in the Humble hive. Thirty-five-year-old Felix Humble is a Cambridge astrophysicist in search of a unified field theory, but after the sudden death of his father,... more...

  • Merit (NHB Modern Plays)by Alexandra Wood

    Nick Hern Books 2015; US$ 11.65

    Against all odds, recent graduate Sofia gets a job as PA to one of the wealthiest bankers in the country. But her mother questions whether she gave more than a good interview to get it. While the unapologetic bankers get rich, others are losing everything they've worked for. Just what will they be driven to? Suicide? Murder? In a subtle game of... more...

  • Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscriptsby Laura Estill

    University of Delaware 2015; US$ 79.99

    Throughout the seventeenth century, early modern play readers and playgoers copied dramatic extracts into their commonplace books, verse miscellanies, diaries, and songbooks. This is the first book to examine these often overlooked texts, which reveal what early modern audiences and readers took, literally and figuratively, from plays. ... more...

  • Tricksters and Estatesby J. Douglas Canfield

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 50.00

    If the Renaissance was the Golden Age of English comedy, the Restoration was the Silver. These comedies are full of tricksters attempting to gain estates, the emblem and the reality of power in late feudal England. The tricksters appear in a number of guises, such as heroines landing their men, younger brothers seeking estates, or Cavaliers threatened... more...

  • Winter Fruitby Dale B.J. Randall

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    Probably the most blighted period in the history of English drama was the time of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate. With the theaters closed, the country at war, the throne in fatal decline, and the powers of Parliament and Cromwell growing greater, the received wisdom has been that drama in England largely withered and died.Not so,... more...

  • Broken Boundariesby Katherine M. Quinsey

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This volume of twelve original essays is the first comprehensive study of feminist issues in Restoration drama. The late seventeenth century marks a pivotal era in the history of feminism, when Renaissance assumptions about gender and patriarchy were being directly challenged. For the first time, women appeared onstage as actresses, made their presence... more...

  • Colley Cibberby Helene Koon

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Colley Cibber changed the course of the English-speaking theater. One of the most complete theater men in the history of the stage, he fostered the change from drama as the handmaiden of literature to theater as an independent and lively art. In the process, Cibber became one of London's brightest stars, one of its most popular playwrights and, for... more...

  • John Gay and the London Theatreby Calhoun Winton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    The Beggar's Opera , often referred to today as the first musical comedy, was the most popular dramatic piece of the eighteenth century -- and is the work that John Gay (1685-1732) is best remembered for having written. That association of popular music and satiric lyrics has proved to be continuingly attractive, and variations on the Opera have... more...