Mary of Scotland
Historical play about Mary Queen of Scots, cousin to Queen Elizabeth I of England.
The Cherry Orchard
The story of a group of Russians in the months after the serfs were liberated.
Three orphaned sisters dream of moving to Moscow.
Bible stories retold by a group of black schoolchildren.
The Cocktail Party
A married couple and their friends entertain an uninvited guest at a cocktail party.
Murder in the Cathedral
Henry II of England has Archbishop Thomas Beckett murdered.
The Lady's Not for Burning
A man who wants to be hanged, and a woman who doesn't, fall in love.
The Little Foxes
The members of a southern family scheme and try to outwit each other for financial gain.
The Doll's House
A woman borrows money without her husband's knowledge and has trouble repaying the loan.
A woman, bored in her new marriage, encourages a man to commit suicide.
A modern retelling of the Book of Job.
A man sells his soul to the Devil in exhange for power and magic.
The story of the Salem Witch Trials.
Death of a Salesman
The last day of Willy Loman's life.
A young man, despondent in love, goes to a bar to forget his sorrows.
The Emperor Jones
A railway porter becomes ruler of a Caribbean island.
Mourning Becomes Electra
A contorted family drama about adultery, murder, revenge and incest.
Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano helps a friend court the beautiful Roxanne, the woman he loves himself.
Antony and Cleopatra
Octavius (Caesar Augustus) goes to war in Egypt against his brother-in-law, Mark Antony.
A prince suspects his uncle murdered his father in order to become king.
King Henry IV
A sequel to Richard II, King Henry IV faces and defeats a rebellion.
King Henry V
King Henry V goes to war against France.
King Lear divides his kingdom amongst his daughter. Two of them, jealous and greedy, stage a rebellion, resulting in tragedy and death for all.
Macbeth and his wife commit murder so that Macbeth can become king.
The Merchant of Venice
A man borrows money from a moneylender, who depends a pound of his flesh in lieu of cash payment.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A group of young people get lost in the forest where they are enchanted and reenchanted by quarreling fairies.
A man is deceived into thinking his wife has betrayed him and he kills her.
Richard II is overthrown by the man who becomes Henry IV.
Romeo and Juliet
Two children of feuding families fall in love and secretly marry.
A magician shipwrecks the King of Naples and a group of noblemen on his private island.
A woman disguises herself as a male servant in Duke Orsino's household, resulting in much confusion.
George Bernard Shaw
Arms and the Man
A young woman shelters a fugitive soldier.
Caesar and Cleopatra
Caesar teaches a young Cleopatra to be a better queen.
A marriage is shaken by the arrival of a poet who adores the wife.
The Devil's Disciple
A farmer's son returns home to claim his inheritence, and is mistaken for the local preacher and arrested by the British during the American Revolutionary War.
Man and Superman
An inverted Don Juan story in which the man is pursued by a relentless woman.
A linguistics expert tutors a poor flower girl in speech and manners so that she can pass as a duchess.
Joan of Arc leads France's armies to victory against the English, is tried by the Catholic Church for heresy, and put to death.
Fat Books for Sophisticated Teen Readers
A list of good books for mature teen readers who like really thick books.
An extensive list of fiction books recommended for preparation for college.
An extensive list of non-fiction books recommended for preparation for college.
Essential reading for anyone who homeschools or who is considering homeschooling.
A list of homeschool magazines.
If any one finds that he never reads serious literature, if all his reading is frothy and trashy, he would do well to try to train himself to like books that the general agreement of cultivated and sound-thinking persons has placed among the classics. - Theodore Roosevelt
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