2012-13 Drama Book List

Reading list for the 2010-2011 MFA comprehensive exam in Playwriting / Drama

MODERN AND COMTEMPORARY PLAYS

Ibsen: The Master Builder, Hedda Gabler 
Chekov: The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull 
Genet: The Balcony

Brecht: The Caucasian Chalk Circle 
Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest 
Shaw: Major Barbara

O'Neill: Long Day's Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh

Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie 
Miller. Death of a Salesman, The Crucible

Pinter: Homecoming

Beckett: Waiting for Godot

Ionesco: The Bald Soprano, Shepard: The Curse of the Starving Class, Fool for Love 
Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral

Albee: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 
Norman:   ‘Night, Mother

Suzan-Lori Parks: The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World

David Mamet: Glengarry Glen Ross

Tony Kushner: Angels in America

GREEK & ROMAN PLAYS

Sophocles: Oedipus series 
Aristophanes: Lysistrata 
Seneca: Medea

ELIZABETHAN PLAYS

Shakespeare: Hamlet, King Lear, Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s

Dream

Marlowe:   Dr. Faustus

CRITICAL TEXTS

Francis Fergusson: The Idea of Theatre     
Albert Bermel: Contradictory Characters    
Eric Bentley: The Life of the Drama     
Peter Brook: The Empty Space       
 

FICTION

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

Edith Warton: The House of Mirth

William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury

Flannery O’Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find

Toni Morrison: Beloved

Raymond Carver: Cathedral

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

James Joyce: Dubliners

Virginia Woolf: To The Lighthouse

Ian McEwan: Atonement

Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment

Manuel Puig: Kiss of the Spider Woman

Gabriel Garcia-Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude

POETRY & DRAMATIC WRITING

Auden:   The English Auden, Poems, Essays and Dramatic Writing

Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems   (http://www.poemhunter.com/elizabeth-bishop)

Derek Walcott: Omeros

Federico Garcia Lorca: The Poet in New York