“A remarkably rich and stimulating volume...A unique blending of emotional and intellectual experience.”—Los Angeles Times
Here in one volume are the complete texts of eight of the world’s greatest plays, masterful examples of the comic view of life in drama. This outstanding treasury of great reading includes the bawdy humor of Machiavelli’s Mandragola; the poignant, searching wit of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya; the ironic social comment of Shaw’s Arms and the Man; and five other influential works, including a new translation of Molière’s satire The Miser, which the editors have prepared especially for this book.
Accompanied by provocative essays that define and explore the spirit, structure, and meaning of comedy, this unique volume is an ideal companion to the editors’ Eight Great Tragedies.
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About the Author
Sylvan Barnet wrote numerous texts analyzing the works of Shakespeare as well as the writing craft. He was the general editor for Signet Classics Shakespeare as well as professor emeritus at Tufts University. He died in 2016.
Morton Berman is professor emeritus of English as Boston University.
William Burto served as the chair of the Department of English as Lowell State College, which became University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He wrote several texts focusing on the poetry of Shakespeare. He died in 2013.
Table of Contents
Eight Great ComediesThe Comic View: An Introduction
PART ONE: THE COMEDIES
Aristophanes: The Clouds, translated by Benjamin Bickley Rogers
Niccolò Machiavelli: Mandragola, translated by J. R. Hale
William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night
Molière: The Miser, translated by Sylvan Barnet, Morton Berman, and William Burto
John Gay: The Beggar's Opera
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
Anton Chekhov: Uncle Namya, translated by Marian Fell
George Bernard Shaw: Arms and the Man
PART TWO: THE ESSAYS
G. K. Chesterton: On the Comic Spirit
Bonamy Dobrée: Comedy
Susanne K. Langer: The Comic Rhythm
Northrop Frye: The Structure of Comedy
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Featuring a collection of eight comedies across the ages and from different countries, Sylvan Barnet et al manage to give a broad overview of the dramatic category, whetting the appetite, making the reader want more.From Aristophanes to Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, this collection of classical comedies will not always make you laugh, but the will most certainly make you appreciate the dramatic craft just a bit more.With essays by noted experts preceding the works, this book is as much entertainment as it is critical analysis. Sure to please both fans of drama as well as drama critique.