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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $83.00
  • October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92341-4
  • 3600 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Norton Anthology of Drama

Second Edition


Volume(s): One-Volume

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J. Ellen Gainor (Editor, Cornell University), Stanton B. Garner, Jr. (Editor, University of Tennessee), Martin Puchner (Editor, Harvard University)


The only anthology of drama that’s a Norton.

The leading anthology of drama offers the most generous collection of major works (66 plays in all, 7 of them new) along with carefully prepared introductions, annotations, and texts. With a newly conceived illustration program focused on contemporary performance and a new color feature, “Plays in Performance,” the Second Edition now brings the stage to the page more vividly than any other anthology.


The best selection of plays, now even stronger

The Norton Anthology of Drama contains three plays unavailable in any other drama anthology: Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey into Night. In addition to these three exclusives, the Second Edition has more major authors represented by two plays: Sophocles is now represented by Oedipus the King and Antigone (new); Euripides is now represented by The Bacchae and Medea (new); Shakespeare is represented by Hamlet and Twelfth Night; and Ibsen is now represented by Hedda Gabler and A Doll House (new). And the Second Edition includes exciting new twentieth-century selections: Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Daniel David Moses’s Almighty Voice and His Wife, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, and Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine.  

A focus on performance

The Second Edition features new illustrated color inserts that discuss the issues involved in bringing eight classic plays to the stage. This feature, called “Plays in Performance,” unpacks the complicated decision-making that informs the translation of a play “from the page to the stage.” The featured plays are Oedipus the King, Everyman, Hamlet, and Tartuffe in Volume 1, and Hedda Gabler, Machinal, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Angels in America, Part I in Volume 2.  

Comprehensive background and context

An introduction to the history of drama and theater opens each volume, along with a brief guide to reading plays and imagining their performance onstage. Throughout the text, headnotes have been refreshed and enlivened with new photographs of legendary or contemporary performances of the plays.  

Carefully edited, judiciously annotated

The editors of The Norton Anthology of Drama bring to each text the attention to detail and sensitivity to students’ needs that are the hallmark strengths of every Norton Anthology. Works in translation are both readable and performable. Works in English have been thoroughly vetted and edited. And unfamiliar words, phrases, and references are consistently (but not excessively) annotated. 

An unbeatable value

The text (a library of 66 complete plays) comes with a brief but comprehensive introduction to theater and drama, headnotes that give important contextual material about each play, access to a supplemental ebook of drama theory and criticism (with headnotes and annotations), and a clear and helpful guide to Writing About Drama—also in ebook format.  

    *indicates a new selection, author, or feature

    Volume 1: Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century

    Agammemnon (458 B.C.E.), translated by Robert Fagles


    *Antigone (ca. 442), translated by Robert Bagg
    Oedipus the King (ca. 430–425), translated by Robert Fagles

    *Plays in Performance: Oedipus the King

    *Medea (431), translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien
    The Bacchae (406), translated by William Arrowsmith

    Lysistrata (411), translated by Jeffrey Henderson      

    Titus Maccius Plautus
    Pseudolus (191), translated by Lionel Casson

    Lucius Annaeus Seneca
    Thyestes (ca. 60 C.E.), *translated by Emily Wilson

    The Little Clay Cart (ca. 100–300), translated by Sudipto Chatterjee

    Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
    Dulcitius (ca. 975), translated by Katharina M. Wilson

    Guan Hanqing
    Snow in Midsummer (thirteenth century), translated by Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang

    Zeami Motokiyo
    Atsumori (ca. 1400), translated by Karen Brazell     

    The Wakefield Master
    The Second Shepherds’ Play (ca. 1475),  edited by A. C. Cawley and Martin Stevens

    Everyman (ca. 1510)

    * Plays in Performance: Everyman

    Thomas Kyd
    The Spanish Tragedy (1587)

    Christopher Marlowe
    Doctor Faustus (ca. 1588)

    William Shakespeare
    Hamlet (1600–01)
    Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (1600–01)

    *Plays in Performance: Hamlet

    Ben Jonson
    Volpone (1606)

    John Webster
    The Duchess of Malfi (1613–14)

    Lope de Vega
    Fuente Ovejuna (ca. 1614), translated by G. J. Racz

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca
    Life Is a Dream (1636), translated by G. J. Racz

    Tartuffe (1664), versification by Constance Congdon, from a translation by Virginia Scott    

    *Plays in Performance: Tartuffe

    William Wycherley
    The Country Wife (1675)

    Aphra Behn
    The Rover (1677)

    Jean Racine
    Phaedra (1677), *translated by Ted Hughes      

    Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
    The Loa for the Auto Sacramental of The Divine Narcissus (ca. 1690), translated by Patricia A. Peters and Renee Domeier, O.S.B. 

    George Lillo
    The London Merchant (1731)

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    The School for Scandal (1777)

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Faust, Part 1 (1808), translated by Martin Greenberg 

    Volume 2: The Nineteenth Century to the Present

    Georg Büchner
    Woyzeck (1836), translated by Henry J. Schmidt

    William Wells Brown
    The Escape; or A Leap for Freedom (1858)

    August Strindberg
    Miss Julie (1888), translated by Evert Sprinchorn     

    Henrik Ibsen
    *A Doll’s House (1879), translated by Rick Davis and Brian Johnston
    Hedda Gabler (1891), translated by Rolf Fjelde

    *Plays in Performance: Hedda Gabler

    Oscar Wilde
    The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

    Alfred Jarry
    King Ubu (1896), translated by David Ball      

    Anton Chekhov
    The Cherry Orchard (1904), translated by Paul Schmidt    

    John Millington Synge
    Riders to the Sea (1904)

    George Bernard Shaw
    Pygmalion (1913)

    Susan Glaspell
    Trifles (1916)

    Luigi Pirandello
    Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921), translated by Eric Bentley  

    *Sophie Treadwell
    *Machinal (1928)



    *Plays in Performance: Machinal

    Langston Hughes
    Soul Gone Home (1936)

    Federico García Lorca
    The House of Bernarda Alba (1936), translated by James Graham-Lujan and Richard L. O’Connell    

    Bertolt Brecht
    The Good Woman of Setzuan (1938–40), *translated by Eric Bentley   

    Eugene O’Neill
    Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1941)

    Jean Genet
    The Maids (1947), translated by Bernard Frechtman

    Tennessee Williams
    A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)

    *Plays in Performance: A Streetcar Named Desire

    Arthur Miller
    Death of a Salesman (1949)

    Tawfiq al-Hakim
    Song of Death (1950), translated by Mustafa Badawi

    Samuel Beckett
    Waiting for Godot (1953), translated from the original French text by the author 

    Derek Walcott
    The Sea at Dauphin (1954)

    Harold Pinter
    *The Homecoming (1964)

    Wole Soyinka
    Death and the King’s Horseman (1975)

    Sam Shepard
    Buried Child (1978)

    Caryl Churchill
    *Cloud Nine (1979)

    Athol Fugard
    MASTER HAROLD . . . and the boys (1982)

    Maria Irene Fornés
    Mud (1983)

    David Mamet
    Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)

    August Wilson
    Fences (1985)

    David Henry Hwang
    M. Butterfly (1988)

    Tony Kushner
    Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches (1991)

    *Plays in Performance: Angels in America, Part I

    *Daniel David Moses
    *Almighty Voice and His Wife (1991)

    Suzan-Lori Parks
    The America Play (1994)

    Edward Albee
    The Goat (2002)

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