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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn , winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in 1918. In February 1945, while he was captain of a reconnaissance battery of the Soviet Army, he was arrested and sentenced to an eight-year term in a labor camp and permanent…

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When Schiller completed Wilhelm Tell as a "New Year's Gift for 1805" he foretold that it would cause a stir. He was right. In the midst of Great Power politics a play which drew substance from one of the fourteenth-century liberation movements proved both…

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Plutarch (Plutarchus), ca. 45–120 CE , was born at Chaeronea in Boeotia in central Greece, studied philosophy at Athens, and, after coming to Rome as a teacher in philosophy, was given consular rank by the emperor Trajan and a procuratorship in Greece by…

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Sophocles (497/6–406 BCE ), with Aeschylus and Euripides, was one of the three great tragic poets of Athens, and is considered one of the world's greatest poets. The subjects of his plays were drawn from mythology and legend. Each play contains at least one…

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Aristophanes of Athens (ca. 446–386 BCE ), one of the world's greatest comic dramatists, has been admired since antiquity for his iridescent wit and beguiling fantasy, exuberant language, and brilliant satire of the social, intellectual, and political life…

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Strindberg's most important and most frequently performed plays— The Father, Miss Julie, A Dream Play, The Dance of Death , and The Ghost Sonata —are gathered together here in translations praised for their fluency and their elegance.

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A selection of the most enduring work of one of this century's best-known French playwrights. Jean Anouilh (1910-87) along with Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, was at the forefront of the post-war generation of playwrights in Paris. In England his plays were…

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Plutarch (Plutarchus), ca. 45–120 CE , was born at Chaeronea in Boeotia in central Greece, studied philosophy at Athens, and, after coming to Rome as a teacher in philosophy, was given consular rank by the emperor Trajan and a procuratorship in Greece by…

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One of antiquity's greatest poets, Euripides (ca. 485-406 BCE ) has been prized in every age for the pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations. Here, in the third volume of a new edition that is receiving much…