Satire

The History of Pompey the Little

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Francis Coventry


"Pompey, the son of Julio and Phyllis, was born A.D. 1735, at Bologna in Italy, a place famous for lap-dogs and sausages." At an e…

The Family of Love

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Thomas Middleton, Lording Barry and Thomas Dekker


The Family of Love is an early Jacobean city comedy, first published in 1608. Published anonymously, the play was long attributed to Thomas …

The Blunderer, or The Counterplots

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Molière


A very early Moliere. From the Translator: "In this piece the plot is carried on ... by a servant, Mascarille, who is the first origina…

This Simian World

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Clarence Day


Clarence Day, Jr., best known for his work Life with Father, presents a satirical speculation on how the world might be different if we apes…

O Hollow Hollow Hollow

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W. S. Gilbert


LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of O Hollow Hollow Hollow by W.S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 8, 201…

The New Republic; or Culture, Faith and Philosophy in an English Country House

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William Hurrell Mallock


A group of upper class men and women gather together in an English country house to discuss their ideas for a utopia (their "New Republ…

History of a Life

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Barry Cornwall


LibriVox volunteers bring you 20 recordings of History of a Life by Bryan Waller Procter (pseud. Barry Cornwall). This was the Weekly Poetry…

Merry Autumn

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Paul Laurence Dunbar


LibriVox volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Merry Autumn by Paul Laurence Dunbar. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for October 10t…

The Golden Days of Good Queen Bess

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Sir John Carr


LibriVox volunteers bring you 8 recordings of Parody on "The Golden Days of good Queen Bess" by Sir John Carr. This was the Fortni…

The History of Troilus and Cressida (version 2)

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William Shakespeare


The History of Troilus and Cressida has long baffled critics and audiences alike for its inconsistent tone, which ranges from bawdy comedy t…

Joan and Peter

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H. G. Wells


This is satirical look at the English educational system and society in the early twentieth century and the effect of World War I on them by…

The Inconstant

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George Farquhar


Subtitled "The Way to Win Him:, this play is placed in Paris - a change from many others of Farquhar's plays which used English setting…

The Constant Couple

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George Farquhar


George Farquhar, the author of this comedy, was the son of a clergyman in the north of Ireland. He was born in the year 1678, discovered an …

Cynthia's Revels, or The Fountain of Self-Love

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Ben Jonson


"Cynthia's Revels," the second "comical satire," was acted in 1600, and, as a play, is even more lengthy, elaborate, and…

Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III

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François Rabelais


The five-volume work chronicling the adventures of father Gargantua and son Pantagruel is a vehicle for Rabelais' satire of sixteenth-centur…

Monsieur De Pourceaugnac

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Molière


'Monsieur de Pourceaugnac', acted on October 6, 1669, is nothing but a farce. But Molière excels in farce as well as in higher comedy…

The Bores

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Molière


Moliere: "Never was any Dramatic performance so hurried as this; and it is a thing, I believe, quite new, to have a comedy planned, fin…

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