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  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 14.09

    'We don't live alone ... We are responsible for each other' A policeman interrupts a rich family's dinner to question them about the suicide of a young working-class girl. As their guilty secrets are gradually revealed over the course of the evening, 'An Inspector Calls', J. B. Priestley's most famous play, shows us the terrible consequences of poverty... more...

  • Selected Playsby William Yeats; Richard Cave

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Three Elizabethan Domestic Tragediesby Keith Sturgess; Thomas Heywood

    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...

  • Damned by Despairby Frank McGuinness

    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...

  • Mary Shelleyby Helen Edmundson

    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, her troubled... more...