Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Drama & Play Anthologies. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller's play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.

  • Author: Arthur Miller
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (March 25, 2003)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0142437339
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.45 x 7.7 inches


2. Alice in Wonderland: The Original 1865 Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel (A Classic Novel of Lewis Carroll)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

“And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland This Beautiful edition contains complete original black and white illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. Alice in Wonderland is an 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll. It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. One of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction, its narrative, structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre. The work has never been out of print and has been translated into at least 97 languages. Its ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, art, ballet, theme parks, board games and video games. A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

  • Author: Lewis Carroll
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 979-8749522310
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.23 x 9 inches


3. Virginia Woolf: The Complete Works

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

THE NOVELS The Voyage Out (1915) Night and Day (1919) Jacob's Room (1922) Mrs. Dalloway (1925) To the Lighthouse (1927) The Waves (1931) The Years (1937) Between the Acts (1941) THE 'BIOGRAPHIES' Orlando: a biography (1928) Flush: a biography (1933) Roger Fry: a biography (1940) THE STORIES Two Stories (1917) Kew Gardens (1919) Monday or Tuesday (1921) A Haunted House, and other short stories (1944) Nurse Lugton's Golden Thimble (1966) Mrs Dalloway's Party (1973) The Complete Shorter Fiction (1985) THE ESSAYS Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown (1924) The Common Reader I (1925) A Room of One's Own (1929) On Being Ill (1930) The London Scene (1931) A Letter to a Young Poet (1932) The Common Reader II (1932) Walter Sickert: a conversation (1934) Three Guineas (1938) Reviewing (1939) The Death of the Moth, and other essays (1942) The Moment, and other essays (1947) The Captain's Death Bed, and other essays (1950) Granite and Rainbow (1958) Books and Portraits (1978) Women And Writing (1979) 383 Essays from newspapers and magazines AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITING A Writer's Diary (1953) Moments of Being (1976) The Diary Vols. 1–5 (1977-84) The Letters Vols. 1–6 (1975-80) The Letters of V.W. and Lytton Strachey (1956)  A Passionate Apprentice. The Early Journals 1887-1909 (1990)  THE PLAY Freshwater: A Comedy (both versions) (1976)

  • Author: Virginia Woolf
  • Publisher: MyBooks Classics (November 19, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


4. The Greek Plays: Sixteen Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides (Modern Library Classics)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

A landmark anthology of the masterpieces of Greek drama, featuring all-new, highly accessible translations of some of the world’s most beloved plays, including Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Bacchae, Electra, Medea, Antigone, and Oedipus the King Featuring translations by Emily Wilson, Frank Nisetich, Sarah Ruden, Rachel Kitzinger, Mary Lefkowitz, and James Romm The great plays of Ancient Greece are among the most enduring and important legacies of the Western world. Not only is the influence of Greek drama palpable in everything from Shakespeare to modern television, the insights contained in Greek tragedy have shaped our perceptions of the nature of human life. Poets, philosophers, and politicians have long borrowed and adapted the ideas and language of Greek drama to help them make sense of their own times. This exciting curated anthology features a cross section of the most popular—and most widely taught—plays in the Greek canon . Fresh translations into contemporary English breathe new life into the texts while capturing, as faithfully as possible, their original meaning. This outstanding collection also offers short biographies of the playwrights, enlightening and clarifying introductions to the plays, and helpful annotations at the bottom of each page. Appendices by prominent classicists on such topics as “Greek Drama and Politics,” “The Theater of Dionysus,” and “Plato and Aristotle on Tragedy” give the reader a rich contextual background. A detailed time line of the dramas, as well as a list of adaptations of Greek drama to literature, stage, and film from the time of Seneca to the present, helps chart the history of Greek tragedy and illustrate its influence on our culture from the Roman Empire to the present day. With a veritable who’s who of today’s most renowned and distinguished classical translators, The Greek Plays is certain to be the definitive text for years to come. Praise for The Greek Plays “Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm deftly have gathered strong new translations from Frank Nisetich, Sarah Ruden, Rachel Kitzinger, Emily Wilson, as well as from Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm themselves. There is a freshness and pungency in these new translations that should last a long time. I admire also the introductions to the plays and the biographies and annotations provided. Closing essays by five distinguished classicists—the brilliant Daniel Mendelsohn and the equally skilled David Rosenbloom, Joshua Billings, Mary-Kay Gamel, and Gregory Hays—all enlightened me. This seems to me a helpful light into our gathering darkness.” —Harold Bloom

  • Author: Sophocles
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0812983098
  • Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.51 x 9.2 inches


5. Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

Western drama, having all but disappeared during the Dark Ages, reemerged spontaneously in the liturgy and life of the medieval church. Vernacular miracle plays of England's Middle Ages were performed by lay people — many by trade guilds — unschooled in church Latin, but familiar with the biblical events upon which the dramas were based. Morality plays provided moral instruction, their principal characters vivid personifications of virtue and vice. The most durable of the morality plays has proven to be Everyman , whose central character, summoned by Death, must face final judgment on the strength of his good deeds. This venerable drama is reprinted here along with three other medieval classics: The Second Shepherds' Play , Noah's Flood , and Hickscorner .

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.; 1st edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0486287263
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches


6. The Prophet

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

The Prophet is perhaps the most cherished inspirational and enlightening work in the world. Almustafa, the chosen and beloved, must leave the port of Orphalese upon the ship he has waited upon for 12 years. As he descends to the waterfront, the people of Orphalese gather to question him and hear his wisdom on important topics of their daily lives. Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece is a series of enlightening, philosophical answers to those questions. The inspirational and spiritual words of The Prophet , written in an almost Biblical, poetic style, reveal deep insights into each of the subjects in question. There are philosophies on love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. For many, this work provides a positive philosophy and a calm refuge andfor living life in today's harsh world.

  • Author: Chris MacDonnell
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays, Regional & Cultural, Middle Eastern


7. Complete Shakespeare

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

This collection of stories from Shakespeare's plays, with beautiful illustrations and quotations, is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Each story includes short details about the main characters, and famous and memorable quotations from the play. This is a fabulous book that will be referred to again and again, by both children and adults.

  • Author: Maria Surducan
  • Publisher: USBORNE CAT ANG (November 24, 2016)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-1409598770
  • Dimensions: 7.09 x 1.34 x 9.76 inches


8. The Bottom Line

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

This book is a fiction anthology based on true events

  • Publisher: kenisha myree (June 6, 2016)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


9. Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens: 60 Original Comedy and Drama Scenes for Young Actors (The Young Actor Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

This new book from the author of Scenes for Teens is a collection of 60 original comedy and drama scripts for younger actors. The dialogues feature clean language and family-friendly, real-life scenarios. They are ideal for teaching, rehearsing, and auditioning for stage and screen. All scenes are gender-neutral, allowing every role in every scene to be performed by both male and female acting students. The scripts are varied, with shorter and longer selections, comical and more serious topics, and conversational dialogue intended to develop rapid-fire comedic timing, listening and reacting skills, and vocal variety. Overall, the emphasis is on straightforward, realistic interaction to build and solidify the one-on-one relationship between acting scene partners. Many scenes are educational, as well, modeling and reinforcing positive attitudes and behaviors for our youth. With a heartfelt foreword by Disney’s Anita Barone, and a clear, concise introduction to acting by the author, Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens is a simple – but effective – training tool for teachers, parents, libraries, schools, and drama coaches.This book offers a no-nonsense, practical approach for training young actors, and can be applied immediately in the home and classroom. Positive imagery, social relevance, and civic-mindedness are written into many scenes as subtext.

  • Author: Mike Kimmel
  • Publisher: Ben Rose Creative Arts New York-New Orleans (February 14, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Performing Arts
  • ISBN: 978-0998151304
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches


10. The Norton Anthology of Drama

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Drama & Play Anthologies - August 2021

Comprehensive and up-to-date, now with more instructor resources. Choose from the most comprehensive collection of plays. Enjoy accessible apparatus that helps students better analyze the works. Savor an eye-catching and informative illustration program focusing on performance. All for an unbeatable price. Revised in response to suggestions from hundreds of instructors and students, the Third Edition features five NEW plays (four in the Shorter Edition), NEW critical “Perspectives” sections, and an expanded suite of free digital resources.

  • Author: J. Ellen Gainor
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Shorter Third edition (October 2, 2017)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0393283501
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches