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  • The Tempestby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    The Tempest is thought by many to be Shakespeare's greatest and most perfect play. When the magician Prospero deliberately summons a storm to overcome his enemy King Alonso of Naples ship the passengers are washed ashore on a fantastical island. Prospero manipulates the king, his entourage, apparitions and fiends as he schemes revenge on the hapless... more...

  • Macbethby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely on a King Macbeth of Scotland. The play is traditionally considered "cursed", and thus many actors refer to it as "The... more...

  • Othelloby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Othello, The Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, his wife Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio, and his trusted advisor Iago. Attesting to its enduring popularity, the play appeared in 7 editions between 1622 and 1705. Because... more...

  • The Importance of Being Earnestby Oscar Wilde

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 5.95

    The Importance of Being Earnest is the last play Oscar Wilde ever wrote, and remains his most enduringly popular. It makes fun of social graces in the late Victorian era. Two seemingly unrelated parties are thrown into ridiculous entanglement when their fake identities, maintained in order to escape social responsibilities, grow ever more complicated... more...

  • The Adventures of Velaby Albert Wendt

    Huia (NZ) Ltd 2013; US$ 7.28

    Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela Vela, so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa the Boneman. Follow him down through the centuries on his travels, encountering the single-minded society of the Tagata-Nei... more...

  • Baby Out Of The Blue/The Greek Tycoon's Pregnant Wife/Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child/The Secret Baby Bargainby Anne Mather; Annie West; Melanie Milburne

    Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd 2013; Not Available

    The Greek Tycoon's Pregnant Wife by Anne Mather Five years ago, Jane's marriage to Demetri ended. Now Demetri needs an heir and demands a divorce. But they have one last night together. However, that one night has dramatic results. How can Jane tell her soon-to-be-exhusband that she's pregnant with his child? Forgotten Mistress, Secret... more...

  • The Oxford Shakespeareby William Shakespeare; Anthony B. Dawson; Paul Yachnin

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 8.99

    Written in 1595, Richard II occupies a significant place in the Shakespeare canon. It marks the transition from the earlier history plays dominated by civil war and stark power to a more nuanced representation of the political conflicts of England's past where character and politics are inextricably intertwined. Deftly combining history with tragedy,... more...

  • Romeo and Julietby William Shakespeare; G. Blakemore Evans; Thomas Moisan

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 14.00

    Thomas Moisan has added an account of developments in criticism and production. more...

  • The Merry Wives of Windsorby William Shakespeare

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 5.99

    Shakespeare's ?merry wives? are Mistress Ford and Mistress Page of the town of Windsor. The two play practical jokes on Mistress Ford's jealous husband and a visiting knight, Sir John Falstaff. Merry wives, jealous husbands, and predatory knights were common in a kind of play called "citizen comedy" or "city comedy." In such plays, courtiers, gentlemen,... more...

  • Selected Poems And Four Playsby M.l. Rosenthal; William Butler Yeats

    Scribner 2011; US$ 18.00

    Since its first appearance in 1962, M. L. Rosenthal's classic selection of Yeats's poems and plays has attracted hundreds of thousands of readers. This newly revised edition includes 211 poems and 4 plays. It adds The Words Upon the Window-Pane, one of Yeats's most startling dramatic works in its realistic use of a seance as the setting for an eerily... more...