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Drama: A Pocket Anthology (Penguin Academics Series) (5th Edition) [Paperback]

R. S. Gwynn
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February 3, 2011 0205032168 978-0205032167 5

A nice alternative to lengthier and more expense anthologies, Drama: A Pocket Anthology  is the perfect choice for professors who want to see several books in an Introduction to Drama course.  Chronologically organized, changes to the new edition include:


  • Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning comedy The God of Carnage , produced on Broadway with a cast including James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels, reflects the robust strength of today’s Broadway and of contemporary comedy.
  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night brings a classic comedy to this collection for the first time.

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    Compact yet complete–and always at a reasonable price!

    For more than 60 years, instructors and their students have looked to Penguin trade paperbacks for state-of-the-art scholarship, accessibility, and fair prices. Longman, Penguin’s sister company, aims to meet those same expectations with textbooks in our series Penguin Academics.

    We’ve created the Penguin Academics series with ease of use in mind–the books are conveniently portable and highly readable, with engaging typefaces and interior designs. Concise yet thorough in their coverage of the basics, Penguin Academics titles are ideal for use either by themselves or in combination with other books. A list of related Penguin paperbacks can be found at the back of this and every Penguin Academics title.

    The ideal alternative to longer anthologies, this brief, affordable, and diverse collection of widely taught and influential plays provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the study of drama.  This chronologically organized anthology includes playwrights from classical Greece to contemporary Broadway, reflecting the work of the genre’s most distinguished playwrights.


    Gwynn’s Drama is a terrific and affordable collection of plays…I recommend to students that they keep [this volume] after the class is over to read for pleasure and to use for reference.

    Laura Early, University of Louisville


    The plays in [this] text are a perfect spring board for everything that needs to be covered in the class. It is a text that gets straight to the point of theatre. I appreciate this fact and the fact that it is actually affordable. The students like that.

    Elizabeth M. Sloan, Northeast State Community College



    In addition to offering a strong selection of plays, Gwynn…introduces students, in fluent prose, not only to key traditions in drama but also to the working vocabulary they’ll need for the course.

    Randy Hendricks, University of West Georgia

    About the Author

    R. S. Gwynn has edited several other books, including Fiction: A Pocket Anthology; Poetry: A Pocket Anthology; Literature: A Pocket Anthology; Inside Literature: Reading, Responding, Writing (with Steven Zani); The Art of the Short Story (with Dana Gioia); and Contemporary American Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (with April Lindner).  He has also authored five collections of poetry, including No Word of Farewell: Selected Poems, 1970-2000. He has been awarded the Michael Braude Award for verse from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Gwynn is University Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

    Product Details

    • Series: Penguin Academics
    • Paperback: 528 pages
    • Publisher: Longman; 5 edition (February 3, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0205032168
    • ISBN-13: 978-0205032167
    • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Plays at a Very Good Price October 13, 2005
    This book presents a collection of the twelve most frequently studied plays along with a fairly short but well done introduction to the art of drama itself. The book is intended as a text for drama students with a wide collection of plays to be studied. The plays range from 'Oedipus the King' (first performed about 430 BC to 'How I Learned to Drive' - 1998 Pulizer Prize winner for drama.

    This is the third edition of this popular book. In this edition the number of plays has been expanded to twelve (from nine) and the introduction has been expanded with coverage of Greek 'old comedy' and the theater of the absurd. Finally the section on writing about drama has been both expanded and revised to conform to the sixth edition of the MLA handbook.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars An "okay" Collection January 20, 2013
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    As a literature student, it's important for me to have read a fair share of what's "out there" to be read. I need to be able to sit across the table from another lit geek and now what he or she is talking about. For me, this book had a few obvious inclusions (i.e. Othello, Death of a Salesman...), a few acceptable, but still enjoyable, pieces (i.e. The Piano Lesson), and even more importantly a few gems (i.e. The Cuban Swimmer).

    For me this anthologoy was a hit or a miss. I would have rather seen a few more surprises and less cliched examples of drama. I don't know if I really agree with including Shakespear, but I wouldn't have used Othello. Just my opinion, but the anthology wasn't a complete flop.

    Also, 'Pocket Anthology?' How big are YOUR pockets?
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    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of plays! December 17, 2013
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    I used this anthology in a seminar for drama and culture this past semester. The plays are well chosen and offer a variety styles and genres. It includes an example of Greek Tragedy with Oedipus Rex, realism with A Doll House and a memory play with The Glass Menagerie. Many of the plays challenge the audience to think about social issues in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. Glaspell's Trifles, Vogel's How I Learned to Drive and Ibsen's A Doll House challenge the audience to think about society's perception and treatment of women and Shakespeare's Othello, Fugard's Master Harold...and the boys and Wilson's Fences offer commentary on racism and race relations. This anthology offers works that exemplify great storytelling and playwriting, but also cause us to examine ourselves and the world we live in.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book September 25, 2013
    By JLH
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    It's good if you're a book person. Personally, you could just look up the plays online if the books not required for your class. It'll save you some money that way
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