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The legends surrounding Oedipus of Thebes and his ill-fated offspring provide the subject matter for Sophocles’ three greatest plays, which together represent Greek drama at the pinnacle of its achievement.   Oedipus the King, the most famous of the…

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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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By far Strindberg's most aggressive work, The Father is a feverish nightmare of the struggle he saw between defiant masculinity and the treacherous weakness of woman. Plays for Performance Series.

The Wild Duck

by Henrik Ibsen

|September 1, 1997

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The only play in which Ibsen denies the validity of revolt, The Wild Duck suggests that under certain conditions, domestic falsehoods are entirely necessary to survival. Plays for Performance Series.

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This book is the first collection of Crommelynck's work in English and includes a translation of The Magnanimous Cuckold, as well as The Merchant of Regrets; The Sculptor of Masks; The Childish Lovers; Golden Guts; Carine, or The Young Woman Who Was Crazy about…

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This volume provides a thorough philological and dramatic commentary on Euripides' Phoenissae, the first detailed commentary in English since 1911. An introduction surveys the play, its possible date, features of the original production, the background of Theban…

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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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"The present work . . . a continuation of the earlier [is] a study of one literary genre, the drama . . . both in its passive and active relations with the life of the time and with the theatre, the medium without the aid of which the possibilities of the drama…

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The Czech President Vaclav Havel, a force on behalf of international human rights and his country's most celebrated dissident, first gained prominence as a playwright. During the period when Havel was blacklisted by the Czechoslovakian government for his…

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The Revenge Tragedy flourished in Britain in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, published anonymously and ascribed first to Cyril Tourneur and then to Thomas Middleton. George Chapman's The Revenge of Bussy…

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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…