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Reference Sources

The reference collection contains many works that will provide quick information on Drama and Theater.  The list below is intended only as suggestion for the types of materials that you will find:

  Vol. 1-  .  Detroit:  Gale.  “Designed to introduce readers to the most frequently studies playwrights of all time periods and nationalities and to present discerning commentary on dramatic works of enduring interest.” [Preface].   (Includes Drama Criticism).


822.9109 B457 Contemporary Women Dramatists.   Detroit:  Saint James Press, 1994. 

822.9109 V786 1999 Contemporary Dramatists.  6th ed.  Detroit:  Saint James Press, 1999. “Provides biographical and bibliographic information and brief critical essays on some of the world’s most important English-language dramatists.” [preface].

Ref 809.2 M178 McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama. 2nd ed.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, 1984.  An International reference work in 5 volumes.

Ref 792.05 T340 Theatre World. Milwaukee, WI:  Applause Theatre & Cinema. The definitive annual pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre.  (older years in Off-Site-Storage).

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Play Collections

The following include a sampling of the many “Best of…” play collections in our Library, or browse the Dewey Call numbers 812.5 and/or 822.08 for monologues.

812.08 M454ba The Best American short plays.  New York, NY : Applause Theatre Book, 1991-

812.5082 B464 Best American plays  Publisher New York, Crown Publishers, 1939-

812.5408 W842 Women playwrights : the best plays of ..  Publisher Newbury, VT : Smith and Kraus, 1993-


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To find a single work or a collection BY an author, first try searching by the AUTHOR’S last name.  If that doesn't work, try searching by KEYWORD or TITLE:

  • Ibsen, Henrik author search to browse a list of all works by an author or playwright
  • A doll's house title search

To find works ABOUT a playwright, such as general criticism, criticism of a specific work, or biographies, search the playwright's name as a SUBJECT.

  • Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906  subject search to browse a list of all works about an author
  • Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906 – Criticism and interpretation subject search for general criticism about an author
  • Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906. Hedda Gabler subject search for criticism about a particular work

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  • Dramatists – 20th century – Biography
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