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Antony and Cleopatra (Annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an Introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (September 20, 2017)

First published in the Folio of 1623, William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” is the historical drama based on the lives of its title characters. Based upon the historical accounts contained within...


Antigone (Translated by E. H. Plumptre with an Introduction by J. Churton Collins)

by Sophocles Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2017)

“Antigone,” the first Theban play written by Sophocles yet chronologically last in the cycle, is a masterpiece of classical antiquity which examines the conflict between public duty and personal loyalty....


The Complete Plays

by Aristophanes Digireads.com Publishing (February 01, 2013)

This comprehensive compilation of Aristophanes' texts, "The Complete Plays of Aristophanes" contains eleven unique stories all penned by the famously witty Greek playwright. His works are also important because...


Lysistrata

by Aristophanes Digireads.com Publishing (February 01, 2013)

Along with Sophocles and Euripides, Aristophanes is considered one of the three great Greek playwrights. Only eleven of his nearly forty plays survive in their entirety to this day. Of his extant works Aristophanes's...


Julius Caesar (Annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an Introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2017)

Believed to be written in 1599, William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is one of several plays that the bard would write that were based upon Roman history. Closely based on actual events as chronicled...


Electra

by Euripides Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2013)

"The Electra of Euripides has the distinction of being, perhaps, the best abused, and, one might add, not the best understood, of ancient tragedies. "A singular monument of poetical, or rather unpoetical perversity;"...


The Misanthrope

by Molière Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known by his stage name of Moliere, stands without a rival at the head of French comedy. Born at Paris in January, 1622, where his father held a position in the royal household,...


The Knights

by Aristophanes Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2014)

In many respects 'The Knights' may be reckoned the great Comedian's masterpiece, the direct personal attack on the then all-powerful Cleon, with its scathing satire and tremendous invective, being one of the...


A Woman of No Importance

by Oscar Wilde Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

"A Woman of No Importance" is Oscar Wilde's classic comedic play. The woman of no importance is Mrs. Arbuthnot, a woman who has been scorned by society for having an illicit affair and conceiving a child out...


The Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus (Translated by Francis Storr with Introductions by Richard C. Jebb)

by Sophocles Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2017)

Sophocles, along with Aeschylus and Euripides, is considered one of three important ancient Greek tragedians. Writing during the 5th century BC, Sophocles created some one hundred and twenty three plays during...


Philoctetes

by Sophocles Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

One of only seven surviving plays written by the great Greek tragedian Sophocles, "Philoctetes" follows the life of a unique and important man through his trials and triumphs. The only man willing to light the...


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

by Ben Jonson Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637) was a Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor, known best for his satirical plays and lyric poems. Jonson had a knack for absurdity and hypocrisy, a trait that made him immensely popular...


Pericles, Prince of Tyre

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Perhaps one of Shakespeare's most adventure-filled plays, "Pericles" follows the extended sailing journeys of a young prince. Pericles is forced to flee Antioch when he correctly guesses a riddle that reveals...


Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

"Three Sisters" is Anton Chekhov's dramatic play written in 1900 and first performed in 1901. The story concerns the lives of an aristocratic family, the Prozorovs, who struggle to search for meaning in the...


The Feast at Solhoug

by Henrik Ibsen Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Henrik Ibsen's "The Feast at Solhoug" is set at the annual feast to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Margit and Bengt Guateson. Knut Gesling, the King's sheriff, comes prior to the feast to ask for Margit's...


Candida

by George Bernard Shaw Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

"Candida" is the story of its title character, a woman who is married to the Reverend Morell. Candida is a woman of many talents and her husband has his wife to thank for much of his success. When a young man...


Hamlet (Annotated by Henry N. Hudson with an Introduction by Charles Harold Herford)

by William Shakespeare & Henry N. Hudson Digireads.com Publishing (November 17, 2015)

Considered by many as Shakespeare’s masterpiece and one of the greatest dramas of all time, “Hamlet” is the story of its titular character, the Prince of Denmark who discovers that his uncle, Claudius,...


Menaechmi; Or, The Twin-Brothers

by Plautus Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Considered to be Plautus's greatest play, "Menaechmi; Or, The Twin-Brothers" is the story of two twin brothers, Menaechmus and Sosicles, who are separated at age seven when their father takes Menaechmus on a...


Rhesus

by Euripides Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2014)

Though little is known for certain of his early life, Euripides was probably born around 460 b.c.e. to the farmer Mnesarchus and his wife Clito, and his studious nature quickly led him to a literary life in...


The Philanderer

by George Bernard Shaw Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is revered as one of the great British dramatists, credited not only with memorable works, but the revival of the then-suffering English theatre. Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland,...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" is the first of three Roman history plays that Shakespeare would write. Closely based on actual events as chronicled in Plutarch's "Lives", it is the story of the tragic...


The Duchess of Malfi and Other Plays

by John Webster Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2013)

John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi" is a macabre and tragic play written between 1612 and 1613. Misuse of power, revenge, deception, cruelty, and corruption are among the many themes that run throughout this...


The Trojan Women

by Euripides Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2014)

Though little is known for certain of his early life, Euripides was probably born around 460 b.c.e. to the farmer Mnesarchus and his wife Clito, and his studious nature quickly led him to a literary life in...


Henry VI, Part II

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

The second play in Shakespeare's 'First Tetralogy,' this work continues the fictionalized account of King Henry VI's reign. It commences with the marriage of Henry VI with the French noblewoman Margaret of Anjou,...


The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides (Translated by E. D. A. Morshead with an introduction by Theodore Alois Buckley)

by Aeschylus Digireads.com Publishing (June 01, 2015)

The importance of Aeschylus in the development of drama cannot be overstated. Before him tragedy had consisted of the chorus and one actor; and by introducing a second actor, expanding the dramatic dialogue,...


Plutus

by Aristophanes Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2014)

The story of ‘Plutus’ concerns Chremylus, a poor but just man, who accompanied by his body-servant Cario, consults the Delphic Oracle concerning his son, whether he ought not to be instructed in injustice...


Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

William Shakespeare's "Two Gentleman of Verona" is one of the playwright's classic romantic plays. It is the story of two gentlemen from Verona, Valentine and Proteus and their competition for the love of two...


Iphigenia in Tauris

by Euripides Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2013)

"The Iphigenia in Tauris is not in the modern sense a tragedy; it is a romantic play, beginning in a tragic atmosphere and moving through perils and escapes to a happy end. To the archaeologist the cause of...


Hippolytus

by Euripides Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2013)

Euripides, the youngest of the trio of great Greek tragedians was born at Salamis in 480 B.C., on the day when the Greeks won their momentous naval victory there over the fleet of the Persians. The precise social...


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Many consider the tragedy of "Hamlet" to be Shakespeare's masterpiece and one of the greatest plays of all time. It has entertained audiences for centuries and the role of Hamlet is one of the most sought after...


The Wild Duck

by Henrik Ibsen Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Henrik Ibsen's 1884 drama, "The Wild Duck", is the story of Gregers Werle, an idealist who returns to his hometown after some absence. While there he begins to meddle in the affairs of the Ekdals, an odd family...


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

"The Importance of Being Earnest," considered to be one of Oscar Wilde best plays, is a comedic satire of Victorian England. It is the story of Jack Worthing who lives in the country with his ward Cecily Cardew....


The Land of Heart's Desire

by W. B. Yeats Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

William Butler Yeats was born near Dublin in 1865, and was encouraged from a young age to pursue a life in the arts. He attended art school for a short while, but soon found that his talents and interest lay...


The Countess Cathleen

by W. B. Yeats Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

William Butler Yeats was born near Dublin in 1865, and was encouraged from a young age to pursue a life in the arts. He attended art school for a short while, but soon found that his talents and interest lay...


Henry IV, Part I

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

William Shakespeare's "King Henry IV, Part I" is one the playwright's classic historical English dramas. The narrative revolves around the rebellion against King Henry IV led by the Welshman Glendower and the...


The Miser and Other Plays

by Molière Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

This edition of comedies by Molière includes: "The School for Wives," a comedy of infidelity and his first great success, "The Critique of the School for Wives," "Don Juan," "The Miser," and "The Imaginary...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is considered to be one of the greatest tragic love stories of all time. Romeo who is a member of the house of Montague falls in love with Juliet who is a member of the...


A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

"A Doll's House" is the story of Nora Helmer who has secretly borrowed a large sum of money to help her husband recover from a serious illness. Nora who has borrowed this money by forging her father's signature...


The Case is Altered

by Ben Jonson Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637) was a Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor, known best for his satirical plays and lyric poems. Jonson worked shortly as an actor in "The Admiral's Men", but soon moved on to writing...


What Every Woman Knows

by J. M. Barrie Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan, was a Scottish author and dramatist whose works have enjoyed frequent revivals in film and on stage. One of his most popular...


The Bacchae and Other Plays

by Euripides Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2014)

Euripides turned to playwriting at a young age, achieving his first victory in the dramatic competitions of the Athenian City Dionysia in 441 b.c.e. He would be awarded this honor three more times in his life,...


Greek Tragedy (Agamemnon, Oedipus Rex, Medea, The Frogs, and Poetics)

by Aeschylus & Sophocles Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2015)

This collection of "Greek Tragedy" is a representative selection of some of the greatest works from the classical period. Aeschylus’ "Agamemnon" is the first play in the Oresteia trilogy. The work regards...


Life is a Dream

by Pedro Calderón de La Barca Digireads.com Publishing (February 01, 2012)

The death of Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) marked the end of Spain's Golden Age of literary and artistic excellence, and his immense popularity and mastery of Spanish drama has earned him notoriety...


Volpone, or, The Fox

by Ben Jonson Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637) was a Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor, known best for his satirical plays and lyric poems. He worked shortly as an actor in "The Admiral's Men", but soon moved on to writing...


Oedipus at Colonus

by Sophocles Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Perhaps the most philosophical of the three Theban plays, "Oedipus at Colonus" continues the story begun in "Oedipus the King." Oedipus is a blind beggar, tainted by his past, and nearing the end of his life....


The Inca of Perusalem, Augustus Does His Bit, and Annajanska, the Bolsheik Empress

by George Bernard Shaw Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is revered as one of the great British dramatists, credited not only with memorable works, but the revival of the then-suffering English theatre. Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland,...


The Misanthrope and Other Plays

by Molière Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Written during the highly successful final years of his life, the plays contained in this edition represent the pinnacle of Moliere's artistry and the most profound demonstration of his vision of humanity: "The...


Rosmersholm

by Henrik Ibsen Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

Considered by many critics as Ibsen's masterpiece, "Rosmersholm" is the story of Johannes Rosmer, a former clergyman and owner of the title estate Rosmersholm. When Rosmer intends to use his position in the...


Back to Methuselah

by George Bernard Shaw Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is revered as one of the great British dramatists, credited not only with memorable works, but the revival of the then-suffering English theatre. Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland,...


Poetaster, or, His Arraignment

by Ben Jonson Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2011)

Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637) was a Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor, known best for his satirical plays and lyric poems. His career began in 1597 when he held a fixed engagement in the "Admiral's Men", and...