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Classic Books: Plays & Poetry

A suggested reading guide to immerse oneself in the classics

Classic Plays


Call Number: PA3975.M4 R63 2008 (General Collection)
ISBN: 1416592237

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf

This revolutionary, award-winning play by a lauded playwright and poet is a fearless portrayal of the experiences of women of color--"extraordinary and wonderful...that anyone can relate to" (The New York Times) and continues to move and resonate with readers today more than ever. From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had," for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.

Sophocles, the Oedipus Cycle

Call Number: PA4414.A2 F55 1977 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0156838389


Call Number: PA4414.E5 M26 1998 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0195049608

As You Like It

Call Number: PR2803.A2 H35 2009 (General Collection)
ISBN: 9780521732505


Call Number: PR2807.A2 G55 2007 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0198321074

Tartuffe and Other Plays

Call Number: PQ1825.E5 F68 2007 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0451530330

A Doll's House

Call Number: PT8861 .A352 1997 (General Collection)
ISBN: 1568655754

Wedekind Plays 1

Call Number: PT2647.E26 P55 1993 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0413675408

The Importance of Being Earnest

Call Number: PR5818 .I4 2006 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0393927539

The Cherry Orchard

Call Number: PG3456.V5 A44 1996 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0521576709

Our Town

Call Number: PS3545.I345 O9 1998 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0060929847

The Glass Menagerie (in Six great modern plays)

Call Number: PN6112 .S55 1967 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0440379849

No Exit and Three Other Plays

Call Number: PQ2637.A82 H82 1956 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0679725164

Death of a Salesman

Call Number: PS3525.I5156 D4 1958 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0141180978

The Crucible

Call Number: PN1997 .C883 1996 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0140259090

Waiting for Godot

Call Number: PQ2603.E378 E53 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0606346600

Twelve Angry Men

Call Number: PS3535.O666 T9 2006 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0143104403

A Raisin in the Sun

Call Number: PS3515.A515 R3 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0375508333

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Call Number: PR6069.T6 R6 2002 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0802132758

Classic Poetry

Iliad and Odyssey

Call Number: PA4025 .I45 1952 (General Collection)
ISBN: 1607102129

The Aeneid

Call Number: PA6807.A5 R83 2008 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0300119046

American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings

A groundbreaking collection of stories, essays, poems, and speeches by a Sioux [Yankton Dakota] writer, teacher, and activist includes legends and tales from oral tradition, childhood stories, and allegorical fiction.

The Divine Comedy

Call Number: PQ4315 .B4 1969 v.1 to v. 3 (General Collection--Oversize--2nd Floor)
ISBN: 0679433139

The Canterbury Tales

Call Number: PR1867 .K65 2005 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0393925870

Paradise Lost

Call Number: PR3560 1935x (General Collection)
ISBN: 1593080956

The Complete Poetical Works

Call Number: PR4351 .M27 v.1 to v.7 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0198118902

The Raven

Call Number: PS2609 .A1 2006 (General Collection)
ISBN: 1553374738

Leaves of Grass

Call Number: PS3201 1959 (General Collection)
ISBN: 1402770669

Complete poems, 1904-1962

Call Number: PS3505.U334 A17 1991 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0871401452

The Waste Land

Call Number: PS3509.L43 W3 2001 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0393974995

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Call Number: PS1541 .A1 1960 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0316184144


Call Number: PS3511.R94 A6 1995 (General Collection)
ISBN: 188301106X

Howl, and Other Poems

Call Number: PS3513.I74 H6 1959 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0872863107


Call Number: PS3566.L27 A7 1999 (General Collection)
ISBN: 0060931728

Marie de France Poetry

Marie de France was a medieval poet who was probably born in France and who lived in England during the twelfth century. Prominent among the earliest poets writing in the French vernacular, she helped shape the style and genres of later medieval poetry. Each text included here is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations.

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