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Drama Criticism through Literature Criticism Online is principally intended for beginning students of literature and theater as well as the average playgoer. The series is designed to introduce readers to the most frequently studied playwrights of all time periods and nationalities, and to present discerning commentary on dramatic works of enduring interest. Furthermore, the series seeks to acquaint the reader with the uses and functions of criticism itself.
The series currently covers approximately 150 writers and includes numerous entries focusing on individual works and topics. Close to 95% of critical essays from the print series are reproduced in full in this online version, which combines multiple search and browse options with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.
Introductory essays are written and entries compiled by professional literature researchers and other subject matter experts. 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.