- The most comprehensive introductory drama anthology. The 52 chronologically arranged plays represent every major period from the classical age to the present, offering a strong selection of women and American multicultural playwrights, and 15 choice contemporary plays. In addition, 95 commentaries give students a richer understanding of the plays and the contexts from which they emerge.- In-depth treatment of 4 major playwrights and unique Cultural Casebooks. Three plays by William Shakespeare and two plays each by Sophocles, Henrik Ibsen, and Tennessee Williams offer students a unique opportunity to study and write in depth about these major figures. New to this edition, unique Cultural Casebooks on "The Issue of Race and Othello, " "The Woman Question in Late Nineteenth-Century Drama, " and "The Abbey Theatre and the Irish Literary Renaissance" enable students to think critically about a play or group of plays through a focused study of important cultural contexts.- The fullest complement of editorial features. These include an extensive collection of theater photographs; historical introductions; a section on writing about drama; a glossary of dramatic terms; selected bibliographies; an annotated list of film, video, and audiocassette resources; and a Book Companion Web Site with study and discussion questions and writing suggestions.Jacobus, Lee A. is the author of 'Bedford Introduction to Drama', published 2000 under ISBN 9780312255435 and ISBN 0312255438.