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Henry IV, A Tragedy in Three Acts

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Luigi Pirandello

A talented actor and historian falls off his horse in a historical pageant while playing the role of Henry IV. When he comes to, he believes…

Tamburlaine the Great, Part 2

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Christopher Marlowe

Tamburlaine the Great is the name of a play in two parts by Christopher Marlowe. It is loosely based on the life of the Central Asian empero…

The World's Best Poetry, Volume 9: Tragedy and Humor (Part 1)

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The ninth of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection, the first of two parts, inclu…

Shakespeare's Sonnets (version 2)

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William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets, or simply The Sonnets, comprise a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form written by William Shakespeare that deal wit…

The Mayor of Casterbridge (version 2)

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Thomas Hardy

Irritated and drunken, an itinerant farm-worker sells his wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural …

The Life and Death of King John

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William Shakespeare

The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatises the reign of John, King of England (ruled 1199–1216), son…

Venus and Adonis (dramatic reading)

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William Shakespeare

Venus and Adonis is Shakespeare's narrative poem about the love of the goddess Venus for the mortal youth Adonis, dedicated partly to his pa…


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Paul Duval

« Comment, Viviane, la fille onduleuse aux crins d'or, courtisane galloise experte en félonie, des douze preux d'Arthur ayant &…

The Broken Heart

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John Ford

The Broken Heart stands next to ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore as Ford's most popular drama. All is not right in Sparta because of, as is typical i…

Adelgitha; or, The Fruits of a Single Error

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Matthew Lewis

The second original tragedy written by Gothic writer Matthew Lewis, Adelgitha; or, The Fruits of a Single Error is a markedly more serious a…

The Mystery of a Turkish Bath

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A group of guests, at an exclusive luxury hotel in Hampshire, are the witnesses of an illustration of occult powers, demonstrated by “the My…

Alcestis (Way Translation)

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Alcestis, queen of Pherae, is one of the noblest heroines in all of Greek drama. Her husband Admetus is the supposedly virtuous king of Pher…

When We Dead Awaken

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Henrik Ibsen

When We Dead Awaken (1899) is the last play by Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. Dreamlike and highly symbolic, the play charts the dissolut…

The Persians (version 2)

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The earliest of Aeschylus' plays to survive is "The Persians" (Persai), performed in 472 BC and based on experiences in Aeschylus'…


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Joanna Baillie

Considered by her contemporaries a playwright “second only to Shakespeare,” Joanna Baillie was one of the most critically acclaimed writers …

Anna Karenina, Book 7

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Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. In Book 7, Le…

The White Devil

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John Webster

John Webster's The White Devil (1612) is a Jacobean revenge tragedy, replete with adultery, murder, ghosts, and violence. The Duke of Brachi…

Miß Sara Sampson

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Miss Sara Sampson, geschrieben von Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, gilt als das erste bürgerliche Trauerspiel der neueren deutschen Literatur…

Prometheus Bound (Thoreau Translation)

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Whether or not it was actually written by Aeschylus, as is much disputed, "Prometheus Bound" is a powerful statement on behalf of …

The Trojan Women (Coleridge Translation)

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Described by modern playwright Ellen McLaughlin as "perhaps the greatest antiwar play ever written," "The Trojan Women,"…

The Tragedy of Mariam

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Elizabeth Cary

The Tragedy of Mariam (1613) is the first original drama written in English by a woman. Elizabeth Cary drew on Jewish histories by Josephus …

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