Which plays to read? 2/6: Foreign classics


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You will find many pieces of any kind, any period and any language. But what to read ?

If you're new to the field and want to build a first literary foundation, here are some guidelines to get you started. 

Today we will focus on foreign classics. You will find here references to French classical works

We speak of classical texts for texts generally going in a repertoire between the 16th century and the end of the 19th century. 

Let's start with the classic of classics, namely Shakespeare 

William Shakespeare is an English playwright of the late 16th and early 17th century. 

Here is a small selection of his greatest works that you will find in all bookstores and libraries: 

  • Richard III, 1591
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1595
  • Romeo and Juliet, 1597
  • Hamlet, 1603
  • Othello, 1604
  • Macbeth, 1611

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a German novelist and playwright of the 18th and 19th centuries

  • The Whimsical Lover (Die Laune des Verliebten) 1767
  • Iphigenia and Tauris, 1779 
  • Nausicaa, 1787
  • Faust, 1808

Leo Tolstoy, is a Russian playwright of the 19th century. 

  • The Power of Darkness, 1886
  • The Fruits of Science, 1890

Sophocles is a Greek playwright who died in 406 BC

  • Antigone
  • The Trachinians 
  • Oedipus the King 

What next ? 

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