The Birth of Tragedy; or, Hellenism and Pessimism (Version 2)

This is one of Nietzsche's early academic writings - a scholarly theory about Ancient Greek theatre, specifically tragedies. In a nutshell, this work theorizes about why (Greek) spectators enjoy watching actors in a long series of scenes that depict human suffering (i.e., tragedy). It is a curious question, especially at the time since scholars generally thought of the Greeks as "A race of men, well-fashioned, beautiful, envied, life-inspiring, like no other race hitherto" (per Nietzsche's introduction). What did they need tragedy for? The question itself, and the path Nietzsche takes to answer this question, outraged the academic world. Later, an older Nietzsche criticizes this book himself and warns the reader that this text "should be treated with some consideration and reserve; yet I shall not altogether conceal how disagreeable it now appears to me, how after sixteen years it stands a total stranger before me." - Summary by jvanstan

The School for Scandal

THE STORY: Sir Peter Teazle, a middle-aged, wealthy bachelor, has recently married a pretty maid from the country. Suddenly thrust into London's high society, the young and frivolous Lady Teazle finds herself a willing member of a vicious, scandal-

The Social Significance of Modern Drama

The Modern Drama, as all modern literature, mirrors the complex struggle of life... -Emma Goldman, in the Foreword With her reputation as a political radical, it is often forgotten that much of Emma Goldman's activism was rooted in the arts. As a member of The Progressive Stage Society, a founding force in the experimental theater movement, and through her work as a theatrical manager herself, she moved in quite artistic circles. And in these 1914 essays, adapted from a lecture series, she turned her passionate and philosophical eye on the stage, blending social commentary and theatrical criticism as she dissects: Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People August Strindberg's Miss Julie and Comrades Edmond Rostand's Chantecler George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession and Major Barbara William Butler Yeats's Where There Is Nothing Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard Leonid Andreyev's King Hunger and others from Scandinavia, Germany, France, England, Ireland, and Russia who were the "social iconoclasts" of her time... and ours. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Anarchism and Other Essays, by Emma Goldman. Anarchist and feminist EMMA GOLDMAN (1869-1940) is one of the towering figures in global radicalism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Lithuania, she emigrated to the United States as a teenager, was deported in 1919 for her criticism of the U.S. military draft in World War I, and died in Toronto after a globetrotting life. An early advocate of birth control, women's rights, and workers unions, she was an important and influential figure in such far-flung geopolitical events as the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. Amongher many books are My Disillusionment in Russia (1925) and Living My Life (1931).

The Story of Nathan Hale

Originally prepared by the Fox Meadow School for students learning to perform drama on the radio, here is Henry Fisk Carlton's original radio play (broadcast as part of the "Dramatic Hours in Revolutionary History" series), complete with notes on how to be a good radio actor and how to follow directions in the play. Edited by Claire T. Zyve, Ph.D.

The Tree That Saved Connecticut: A Learning Script for Radio Performers

Originally prepared for the Fox Meadow School for students learning to perform drama on the radio, here is Henry Fisk

The Well of the Saints – a Play

This antiquarian volume contains J. M. Synge's 1910 play, "The Well of the Saints". It is a play in three acts that was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1905, four years before its author's death. It centres on Martin and Mary Doul, two blind beggars who have been convinced by their fellow townsfolk that they are attractive, when in actuality they are hideously ugly. After being cured of their blindness by a saint, they realise their mistakes and become disgusted by the sight of each other. Edmund John Millington Synge (1871 - 1909) was an Irish poet, prose writer, and playwright. He was an influential figure in the Irish Literary Revival and co-founded the Abbey Theatre. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly hard to come by and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Tirso De Molina: Three Plays Newly Translated–Don Juan

The Jackal of Seville; A Sinner Saved, a Saint Damned; And the Timid Young Man at the Palace Gate