Drama Criticism

  • Series Name: Drama Criticism Series
  • Volume 41
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  • ISBN-10: 1414470975
  • ISBN-13: 9781414470979
  • DDC: 809.2
  • Shipping Weight: 3.45 lbs ( 1.56 kgs)
  • 560 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2010, 2010
  • © 2011 | Published



Drama Criticism assembles critical responses to the writings of the world's most renowned playwrights and provides supplementary biographical context and bibliographic material to guide the reader to a greater understanding of the genre and its creators. Each entry includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical responses from sources that include scholarly books and journals, literary magazines, interviews, letters and diaries, carefully selected to create a representative history and cross-section of critical responses.

Although plays and playwrights are also covered in other titles from the Gale Literature Criticism series, Drama Criticism offers a greater focus on understanding drama than is possible in the broader, survey-oriented entries in those series. Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow end-users to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about poets and their works. Student's writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the genre will find this a highly useful resource.

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Drama Criticism Series

Each volume of this resource covers four to eight significant dramatists or plays. For each play or playwright featured, a full range of critical opinion is presented, along with a biographical sketch, a chronological list of the writer’s major works, and more. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text.

Features and Benefits

  • Entries included in this volume: Graham Greene, Henry James, Theatre of Cruelty and William Wycherley.
  • Chronological list of the writer's major works.
  • Cumulative author, nationality and title indexes.

What's New

  • Biographical sketch.


"An important reference for drama and literature students interested in gaining a more global perspective on playwrights, both past and present. Highly recommended." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999


"Libraries that receive frequent requests for critical essays on plays will welcome the addition of Drama Criticism." -- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

— Booklist

Table of Contents

Graham Greene.
Henry James.
Theatre of Cruelty.
William Wycherley.