The Circle - A Comedy in Three Acts

W. Somerset Maugham - 1921
    It is not what we do; it is what we are that is decisive. People with weak, trivial natures will be unhappy, no matter who they are with, or what they are doing. Instead of improving their character, they will always long for that someone or something or some place to make it all better. Those with stronger characters have a greater chance of happiness no matter what their choices have been.

What Every Woman Knows

J.M. Barrie - 1908
    Years later, following his successful bid for a seat in Parliament, Shand keeps his word.But trouble lies ahead. Attractive woman are drawn to the Scottish politician — in particular, the lovely Lady Sybil Tenterden. Moreover, Shand's speeches in Parliament, which had won him great popularity for their flashes of humor, begin to suffer when his wife no longer helps write them. Soon, both Shand's career and marriage are in jeopardy.First produced in 1908, What Every Woman Knows is considered one of Barrie's most realistic and important theatrical works. Graced with bursts of sly wit and dramatic irony, it will delight a new generation of readers and theater lovers alike.

How He Lied To Her Husband

George Bernard Shaw - 2004
    Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

The Cocktail Party

T.S. Eliot - 1949
    He has taken the ordinary West End drawing room comedy convention - understatement, upper-class accents and all - and used it as a vehicle for utterly serious ideas.' Observer

The Duchess of Padua

Oscar Wilde - 1883
    Due to her rejection of the play, it was not performed until 1891 by the American tragedian Lawrence Barrett. He changed the name to "Guido Ferranti", the name of the male lead, and while embraced by critics and praised for its lyrical beauty, it failed with the New York public after three weeks to half-empty houses.It later appeared in its first publication in German in 1904. Fans of Wilde will delight in this fine play of his.

The Caretaker

Harold Pinter - 1960
    Harold Pinter specializes in the tragicomedy of the breakdown of communication, broadly in the tradition of the theatre of the absurds and this is demonstrated in both The Caretaker and The Birthday Party.

Gaspar Ruiz

Joseph Conrad - 1906
    The wars of South American independence against Spanish rule are the framework of this extraordinary adventureAn enthralling novel of Gaspar’s inspirational rise from obscurity to light. Remarkable for its irony, it marvellously presents man’s capacity for self-deception. Attention-grabbing!Excerpt:That voice, senores, proceeded from the head of Gaspar Ruiz. Of his body I could see nothing. Some of his fellow-captives had clambered upon his back. He was holding them up. His eyes blinked without looking at me. That and the moving of his lips was all he seemed able to manage in his overloaded state. And when I turned round, this head, that seemed more than human size resting on its chin under a multitude of other heads, asked me whether I really desired to quench the thirst of the captives.

There Are Crimes and Crimes

August Strindberg - 1899
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The Romantic Adventures Of A Milkmaid

Thomas Hardy - 1896
    With one hand he was tightly grasping his forehead, the other hung over his knee. The attitude bespoke with sufficient clearness a mental condition of anguish. He was quite a different being from any of the men to whom her eyes were accustomed. She had never seen mustachios before, for they were not worn by civilians in Lower Wessex at this date.

Krapp's Last Tape & Embers

Samuel Beckett - 1958
    In the second, a man walking along the seashore recalls his dead father while other familiar voices speak to him from the past.

A Moon for the Misbegotten

Eugene O'Neill - 1947
    Moon picks up eleven years after the events described in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, asJim Tyrone (based on O’Neill’s older brother Jamie) grasps at a last chance at love under the full moonlight. This paperback edition features an insightful introduction by Stephen A. Black, helpful to anyone who desires a deeper understanding of O’Neill’s work.

Burning Bright

John Steinbeck - 1950
    Written as a play in story form, this novel traces the story of a man ignorant of his own sterility, a wife who commits adultery to give her husband a child, the father of that child, and the outsider whose actions affect them all.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Dario Fo - 1970
    It has since been performed all over the world and is widely recognised as a classic of modern drama. A sharp and hilarious satire on political corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window.This version of the play was premiered in London in 2003.Commentary and notes by Joseph Farrell.Content: Dario Fo Plot Commentary Further reading Accidental death of an anarchist NotesQuestions for further study.

The Two-Character Play

Tennessee Williams - 1979
    "I think it is my most beautiful play since Streetcar," Tennessee Williams said, "and I've never stopped working on it....It is a cri de coeur, but then all creative work,all life, in a sense is a cri de coeur."In the course of its evolution, several earlier versions of The Two-Character Play have been produced. The first of them was presented in 1967 in London and Chicago and brought out in 1969 by New Directions in a signed limited edition. The next, staged in 1973 in New York under the title Out Cry, was published by New Directions in 1973 The third version (New York, 1975), again titled The Two-Character Play, is the one Tennessee Williams wished to include in New Directions' The Theatre of Tennessee Williams series. It is this version which is presented in this ND paperback.

I Have Been Here Before

J.B. Priestley - 1939
    Set in a rural inn in Yorkshire, three people enter a strange confrontation with the hallmarks of déjà vu, and a physicist attempts to prevent a disaster.