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By William Shakespeare, Louis B. Wright, Virginia A. La Mar. 1967
Early seventeenth-century play, most likely unfinished but printed in the First Folio of 1623. It is a satire on Timon,…an extravagant Athenian nobleman, who becomes bankrupt and loses his friends. He retires to a cave in the woods where he meets and talks with Alcibiades, an Athenian captain in exile. Timon discovers gold and finds some who would renew their friendship. But he expresses his disdain for treasure and leaves an epitaph that curses humankind
By William Shakespeare, Louis B. Wright, Virginia A. La Mar. 1964
First printed in the folio of 1623, this is a romantic comedy about two sets of lovers. Proteus is in…love with Julia, who returns his affection. Valentine goes to Milan and falls in love with Silvia. When Proteus visits his friend in Milan, he too falls for Silvia. Meanwhile, Julia, dressed as a boy, becomes a page to Proteus. Complications and heartbreaks ensue, but finally Julia's constancy brings her success in love
By William Shakespeare, John F. Andrews. 1993
A sixteenth-century romantic tragedy of two teenagers from rival families who fall in love. A sentence of exile and an…impending arranged marriage force the two to flee. A friar suggests a ruse to accomplish their union, but miscommunication causes it to backfire
By William Shakespeare, Barbara A. Mowat, Paul Werstine. 2012
Hamlet is Shakespeare's most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a "revenge tragedy," in which the…hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father's murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties. Among them: What is the Ghost--Hamlet's father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder? The authoritative edition of Hamlet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play's famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Michael Neill
By Siyuan Liu. 2022
This Element focuses on Xin Fengxia (1927–1998), a star of the regional xiqu form pingju, and her prominent role in…transforming the genre from folk entertainment for the lower class to one of the most notable winners of the xiqu reform after the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. The Element's four sections expand from this core concept to include the four stages of her life experience and artistry that shaped her legacy: growing up in China's third largest theatre market Tianjin before 1949, national stardom in Beijing (1949–1957), restricted creativity amidst political upheavals (1957–1975), and as a prominent author after a stroke (1977–1998). Rather than following a biographical approach, these sections zero in on the environment before and after 1949 that made her a prominent pingju reformer and the consequent price of such success.
By Bishnupriya Dutt. 2022
Maya Rao, performer, performance maker and feminist, has not only contributed to Indian feminist theatre, but is a trailblazer, who…set new standards in solo performances, mapped an alternate career trajectory for women in theatre and, in the face of right-wing state repression in India, has engaged significantly in performance activism. This Element looks back at her early career in the 1980s when she was creating agit prop theatre for the feminist movement and forward to her performance activism in the twenty-first century, with detailed attention to Rao's acclaimed protest Walk, and her participation in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The study also encompasses her parallel work in the theatre, from early collaborations with feminist directors to her solo projects. The author traces her creative-political journey towards an egalitarian feminist future.
By Edward Albee. 1995
Three women--A, B, and C--confront each other in A's sick room. In the first act, the elderly A, going in…and out of lucidity, recounts her life to her lawyer C and her caretaker B. In act II the old woman is comatose after a stroke. A, B, and C become the old woman at ages 92, 52, and 26. Each explains and justifies the person she is. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer prize. 1994
By John Webster, D. C Gunby. 1972
In his introduction to the first of these early-seventeenth-century dramas, The White Devil, Webster predicted his tragedy would endure through…the ages. In the late twentieth century, it is still performed, together with The Duchess of Malfi. The Devil's Law-Case, a tragicomedy, may be based on Webster's flirtation with law before he took up literature. 1972.
By Bruce Coville, Dennis Nolan, William Shakespeare. 1996
A prose retelling of the classic comedy in which several couples, spending the night in a forest, find themselves bewitched…by the fairy king's young servant--Puck. For grades 2-4 and older readers
By Aristophanes, David Brett, Alan H. Sommerstein. 1978
This prolific Greek playwright produced comedies for a period of about forty years during the late fifth and early fourth…centuries B.C. Aristophanes was apt to include political comments in his comedies, for which he was occasionally taken to court. In The Knights, for example, he satirizes the corrupt leadership of Athens during the Spartan war
By Anna Downes. 2020
Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Sally Hepworth and Lesley Kara's The RumourA BEAUTIFUL HOME MIGHT HIDE DANGEROUS SECRETS .…. .Emily Proudman has been offered the chance of a lifetime - leave her messy London life, move to a beautiful estate in France and help her boss's wife take care of their daughter. It seems like the perfect opportunity to start again.But once there, Emily soon starts to suspect that her charismatic new employers aren't telling her the whole truth. That there are even dangerous secrets hidden beneath the glamorous facade.Why have the family been moved to this isolated house so far from home? Why does her bosses' daughter refuse to speak or be touched? Why are there whispers in the night? The only problem is, the more Emily knows, the less chance there is she will ever be able to leave . . .(P) 2020 AudioBrien
By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. 1950
By Drew Hayden Taylor. 2015
Someday is a powerful play by award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. The story in Someday, though told through fictional characters…and full of Taylor's distinctive wit and humour, is based on the real-life tragedies suffered by many Native Canadian families.Anne Wabung's daughter was taken away by children's aid workers when the girl was only a toddler. It is Christmastime 35 years later, and Anne's yearning to see her now-grown daughter is stronger than ever.When the family is finally reunited, however, the dreams of neither women are fulfilled.The setting for the play is a fictional Ojibway community, but could be any reserve in Canada, where thousands of Native children were removed from their families in what is known among Native people as the "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Someday is an entertaining, humourous, and spirited play that packs an intense emotional wallop.
By Molière, Jean Baptiste Moliere, John Wood. 1987
Seventeenth-century plays by the father of French comedy. The Would-be Gentleman satirizes hypocrisy. The Miser is a romantic comedy about…an old man who interferes with the marriage of his children. Don Juan is an adaptation of the classic Spanish social satire. Two other plays are interspersed between these three major works
By Sophocles. 1953
Fifth-century B.C. Greek plays. Ajax, angered when the armor of Achilles is awarded to his rival, Odysseus, becomes mad and…commits suicide. Electra and her brother slay their mother and her lover to avenge their father's murder. Deianeira creates disaster preparing for the return of her husband in Women of Trachis. Victim of cruelty Philoctetes possesses the power to take Troy
By Wendy Wasserstein. 1993
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sets this play about three middle-aged Jewish sisters in London in August 1991. The family is…celebrating the fifty-fourth birthday of the eldest, Sara. Each sister has a successful career and is content with the life she leads. But Sara's plans to remain single may be changed by a guest at the party. 1993.
By Friedrich Schiller. 1994
Two late-eighteenth-century dramas by a German poet, philosopher, and historian. Intrigue and Love is an early work (1783) of class…conflict and social protest. Don Carlos (1787) is a tragedy reflecting the dramatist's love for a married woman. In these dramas, Schiller voices his opposition to tyranny and appeals for more idealistic goals and humanitarian ways
By E Nesbit, William Shakespeare. 1997
Ten of Shakespeare's plays retold in simple language. Nesbit compiled the collection after a visit to the poet's home with…her children. She encouraged them to try reading some of the original plays, only to be told the writing was too difficult to understand. This volume includes Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth, and Othello. Grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.
By Tennessee Williams. 1972
Drama written in 1945 about a southern family with pretensions to gentility. Centers around the crippled daughter, Laura, who lives…in a dream world so full of illusions that she becomes like the pieces in her own glass collection--too fragile to move from the shelf
By Tennessee Williams. 1986
In this play, a recently widowed, faded southern belle visits her bohemian sister and lusty brother-in-law in the French Quarter…of New Orleans. Seeking the lost gentility of her early life, she instead faces a mental breakdown because of the insensitivity of those around her. 1947