Drama for Students (Best Of)

  • Series Name: Drama for Students Series
  • Volume 37
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  • ISBN-10: 0028666836
  • ISBN-13: 9780028666839
  • DDC: 809.2
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 350 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released April 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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This “Best Of” volume of Drama for Students is comprised of brand new entries on plays that have been previously covered in this series. The entries include plays considered to be part of the literary canon and “most studied” as well as more contemporary and popular works. These entries are completely rewritten and updated, providing a new voice and containing all new criticism and images. “Best Of” volumes continue to feature a diverse mix of author nationality, ethnicity, and gender along with the time period in which the works were written or set.

Each volume of Drama for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of 12 works from various cultures and time periods. Each play covered in this new resource was specially chosen by an advisory panel of teachers and librarians -- experts who have helped us define the information needs of students and ensure the age-appropriateness of this reference's content.

Each volume (beginning with volume 27) will include two "Literature to Film" entries. Entries profiling film versions of plays not only diversify the study of drama but support alternate learning styles, media literacy, and film studies curricula as well.

See Table of Contents for a list of works included in this volume. Please note that the entire For Students series is available in ebook format.

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Drama for Students Series

Each volume of Drama For Students features coverage of 14 to 15 plays most frequently studied in literature classes. Each detailed entry includes an introduction that provides an overview of the play, a brief biography of the playwright, a plot summary, a discussion of the play's principal themes, understandable essays on the play's construction, excerpted critical commentary, and much more. You may also be interested in For Students Online - the complete For Students Collection in eBook format. While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions. Call your Sales Rep for details.

Features and Benefits

  • Student friendly: Homework help format, w/ criticism at H.S. students’ interest and reading levels.
  • Librarian friendly: Lower price than more scholarly criticism volumes (e.g., Contemporary Literary Criticism).
  • Reader friendly: For patrons interested in more info on the classics or bestsellers they’re reading.
  • Curriculum Connection: Supports standards on study of literature by genre or in historical context and provides read-a-likes for common core activities.
  • Assignment based: For Students designed to match real English projects and the format facilitates compare and contrast, inquiry based activities.
  • Title lists correlate well with textbooks, anthologies.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028666828 | ISBN-13: 9780028666822

Table of Contents


Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller.
A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen.
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, by Ntozake Shange.
The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie.
'night Mother, by Marsha Norman.
Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles.
A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry.
The Seagull (lit-to-film).
A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, by Anna Deavere Smith.
Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett.
West Side Story (lit-to-film).