Masterpieces of the Russian Drama Author:George Rapall Noyes The only comprehensive anthology of Russian drama ever published in English is again available, after being out of print for many years. It offers a view of almost 200 years of stage writing, through complete texts of 12 outstanding plays written from the 18th century to the 1920's, in first-rate modern translation. A thorough, scholarly introdu... more »ction by Professor Noyes comments on the individual plays, the dramatists, and the line of literary progress the plays illustrate.
Volume 1 contains Fonvizin's "The Young Hopeful," a satiric masterpiece by the best Russian dramatist of the 18th century; Griboyedov's "Wit Works Woe," the foundation stone of Russian comedy; Gogol's "Inspector" ("The Inspector-General"), perhaps the greatest of all Russian comedies; Turgenev's dramatic masterpiece "A Month in the Country"; Ostrovsky's "The Poor Bride"; and Pisemsky's "A Bitter Fate."
Volume 2 contains Alexy Tolstoy's tragedy "The Death of Ivan the Terrible"; Leo Tolstoy's "The Power of Darkness"; Gorky's famous "Down and Out" ("The Lower Depths"); Chekhov's masterpiece "The Cherry Orchard"; Andreyev's "Professor Storitsyn," a work by Russia's most popular pre-World War I playwright; and Mayakovsky's propaganda play of the 1920's, "Mystery-Bouffe."
These dozen plays illustrate the historic development of Russian drama, and vividly present its scope, variety, and dramatic and comic vigor. This is a book that every student of the theatre must use, since it provides interesting, important plays that are often unavailable elsewhere. The student of literature will heighten his understanding of writers who are not solely dramatists through study of their plays.« less