A second edition of the Norton Anthology of Drama, edited by Stan Garner, Jr. Ellen Gainor (Cornell), and Martin Puchner (Harvard) has been published.
The Norton Anthology of Drama contains three plays unavailable in any other drama anthology: Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey into Night. In addition to these three exclusives, the Second Edition has more major authors represented by two plays: Sophocles is now represented by Oedipus the King and Antigone (new); Euripides is now represented by The Bacchae and Medea (new); Shakespeare is represented by Hamlet and Twelfth Night; and Ibsen is now represented by Hedda Gabler and A Doll House (new). And the Second Edition includes exciting new twentieth-century selections: Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Daniel David Moses’s Almighty Voice and His Wife, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, and Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine.
The Second Edition features new illustrated color inserts that discuss the issues involved in bringing eight classic plays to the stage. This feature, called “Plays in Performance,” unpacks the complicated decision-making that informs the translation of a play “from the page to the stage.” The featured plays are Oedipus the King, Everyman, Hamlet, and Tartuffe in Volume 1, and Hedda Gabler, Machinal, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Angels in America, Part I in Volume 2.
An introduction to the history of drama and theater opens each volume, along with a brief guide to reading plays and imagining their performance onstage. Throughout the text, headnotes have been refreshed and enlivened with new photographs of legendary or contemporary performances of the plays.