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Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters

Elizabeth Gaskell | Drama Classics
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The Classic book Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. The manner in which this novel came together is very interesting. First off, the story was published in the Cornhill Magazine in various parts over the course of two years: 1864-1866. Then the author passed away right before it was...

The Tempest

The Tempest

William Shakespeare | Drama Classics
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The Classic book The Tempest by William Shakespeare. One of the Bard’s last plays, it is mostly set on a deserted island where the crew of a shipwreck find themselves stranded after a large storm. There they encounter a wizard, Prospero, monsters, spirits and more. While listed as a comedy it...

King Lear

King Lear

William Shakespeare | Drama Classics
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The Classic book King Lear by William Shakespeare. In this tragedy, the aging King Lear, takes counsel from his 3 daughters. Two are flattering and manipulative liars. One is honest. Unfortunately, the King falls for the flattery resulting in dire consequences.

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare | Drama Classics
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The Classic book The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Shylock is a Jewish moneylender. Antonio is a merchant in Venice. When Antonio defaults on a payment to Shylock, Portia, a wealthy young woman must come to his aid. While the play can be romantic, it is most memorable for its drama.

The Crucible

The Crucible

Arthur Miller | Drama Classics
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The Classic book The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This play uses the Salem witch trials, as comparisons to the McCarthy government which “hunted” down suspect communists in the USA. Miller himself was even questioned and convicted under similar circumstances.

As You Like It

As You Like It

William Shakespeare | Drama Classics
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Categorized as a comedy, this play tells the story of Rosalind who flees to the Forest of Arden after a family fiasco. There she meets one of Shakespeare most famous characters: Jaques who gave famous lines like “All the world’s a stage.”

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare | Drama Classics
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The Classic book Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

Saint Joan

Saint Joan

George Bernard Shaw | Drama Classics
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The classic, Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw is based on the life and trial of Joan of Arc. This 6 act play was written in 1923 soon after she was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1909.

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

D.H. Lawrence | Drama Classics
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The Classic book Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence. Publishers in 1923, this is D.H. Lawrence’s eight book. The story center’s around a visit to Australia by an English Writer and hi wife. While a work of fiction, many claim it is soundly based on D.H. Lawrence’s, personal travel experiences in New...

Mrs. Warren's Profession

Mrs. Warren's Profession

George Bernard Shaw | Drama Classics
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The classic book, Mrs. Warren's Profession, by George Bernard Shaw.