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(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed) Introduction by Terry Eagleton Oscar Wilde has been acknowledged as the wittiest writer in the English language. This collection proves that he was also one of the most versatile. Effortlessly achieved, each revealing a different aspect of his brilliance, all of…read more

The Virtuoso

by Thomas Shadwell|

February 1, 1966

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First published in 1676, The Virtuoso set a standard for theatrical satire. It was the most extensive dramatic treatment of modern science since Jonson's The Alchemist and took as its target no less than the Royal Society of London. Shadwell's barbs hit their targets often and cleanly. In 1689…read more

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William Shakespeare arrived at his splendid maturity as an artist in his second cycle of history plays. With their superb battle scenes; their magnificent major and minor characters; their stories of ambition, usurpation, guilt, and redemption; and their profound ideas about the social order,…read more

Three Plays

by Arthur Kopit|

January 6, 1997

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Arthur Kopit has been one of our most imaginative, acclaimed, and produced playwrights. Now his three classics plays are available in one volume: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feelin' So Sad, Indians, and Wings.read more

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The second collection of plays by "The most distinctive, the most restless, the most obsessive imagination at work in the Irish theatre today" Brian Friel In Conversations on a Homecoming, Michael returns from America to Ireland for a long-awaited reunion with his drinking companions: "A bilious…read more

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"Arguably the single-most important play of the Elizabethan era, Tamburlaine did more than any other to transform an insignificant form of public entertainment, barely distinguishable from the juggling, fencing, and animal-baiting with which it shared its performance space, into an art of national…read more

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"Wesker's reputation has survived the vicissitudes of fashion ... (the plays') widespread and lasting popularity indicates a universality of theme and a strong sense of theatre ... what we continue to value in him most is the sheer vitality of his art. He is a natural writer."-Margaret Drabble…read more

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This second volume of Wesker's Collected Plays contains his One-Woman Plays: "Wesker is that rarity, a playwright who writes good, gritty parts for women" (Time Out) Yardsdale and Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon?: 'From his earliest plays, Wesker has always delineated women with understanding…read more

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Whether for love or ambition, for parental approval or reasons of state, marriage has complicated the lives of all who enter into it. First performed in 1671, Dryden’s Marriage à la Mode portrays the motives high and low that make marriage the pivotal institution of a nation. Like…read more

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The internationally acclaimed dramatist Edward Bond endures as one of the towering figures of contemporary British theatre. His plays are read at schools and university level. "Edward Bond is the most radical playwright to have emerged from the sixti Lear - "Bond's greatest (and biggest) play ?…read more

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"David Storey is a writer who genuinely extends the territory of drama" (Guardian) The Contractor: "A subtle and poetic parable about the nature and joy of skilled work, the meaning of community and the effect of its loss" (Observer); Home: "about the solitude and dislocation of madness and?the…read more

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Shakespeare’s histories—containing within their crowded tableaux all of the tragedies, confusions, and beauties of human life—are not only drama of the highest order. They also serve as windows through which generations have made themselves familiar with crucial episodes…read more