Tragedy

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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John Ford


One of the most shocking plays produced in England during the reign of Charles I, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore chronicles the disastrous results …

The Duchess of Padua

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Oscar Wilde


Guido Ferranti, a young man, travels to Padua with his friend Ascanio after receiving a mysterious letter from a stranger, claiming to know …

Titus Andronicus

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William Shakespeare


Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare's earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written in the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general w…

Coriolanus

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William Shakespeare


Shakespeare was passionately interested in the history of Rome, as is evident from plays like Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, and Antony an…

Seven Against Thebes

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Aeschylus


In this, the only extant tragedy from Aeschylus' trilogy about the House of Oedipus, Thebes is under siege from Polynices, a former prince o…

Oedipus at Colonus (Storr Translation)

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Sophocles


This is the second installment in Sophocles's Theban Plays that chronicles the tragic fates of Oedipus and his family. After fulfilling the…

Ghosts

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Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts was first published in 1881 and staged in 1882, and like his earlier play A Doll's House, profoundly shocked his conte…

A Sicilian Romance

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Ann Radcliffe


A Sicilian Romance is a Gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe. It was her second published work, and was first published anonymously in 1790. The pl…

The Trojan Women (Murray Translation)

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Euripides


Euripides' play follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and as their remaining famil…

The Bacchae

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Euripides


The tragedy is based on the mythological story of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother Agavë, and their punishment by the god Dionysu…

King Arthur

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Joseph Comyns Carr


A retelling of the classic legend of King Arthur, Guinevere & Sir Lancelot. (Summary by Amanda Friday)CastKing Arthur: Algy PugSir Lance…

The Good Soldier

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Ford Madox Ford


The Good Soldier (1915) "... is set just before World War I and chronicles the tragedies of the lives of two seemingly perfect couples.…

Hippolytus

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Euripides


Eurpides' tragedy tells of Theseus' chaste son Hippolytus, who refuses to worship Aphrodite in favor of Artemis. Aphrodite gets revenge by c…

The Duchess of Malfi

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John Webster


John Webster's bloody Jacobean tragedy exposes the decadence of the Italian court. The virtuous Duchess of Malfi, a young widow, secretly ma…

The Kreutzer Sonata

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Leo Tolstoy


Publication of The Kreutzer Sonata in 1889 was a significant intellectual event worldwide. Censored in Russia, it set off an explosive debat…

The Jew of Malta

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Christopher Marlowe


Christopher “Kit” Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593) was an English dramatist, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. T…

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…

L'Assommoir

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Émile Zola


Émile François Zola (French pronunciation: [emil zɔˈla]) (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, …

The Dead Alive

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Wilkie Collins


Ill feelings exist between the Meadowcroft sons and John Jago, the foreman of the Meadowcroft estate. Then, John Jago disappears, and a body…

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