Plays (Annotated): Companion Text for College Writing 11.3x (College Writing 11x)

Nathan Taylor

Reading plays evokes a wide array of reactions, from trepidation to overwhelming excitement and joy. Without the guiding hand of a director or the specific interpretation of actors, however, reading a theatrical play instead of viewing a performance offers its own set of challenges.

The plays included in this text—A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare and Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand—are intended to introduce readers to the theatrical play in an accessible, insightful, and entertaining way. An introduction and historical notes for each play help readers both understand and enjoy the material. Discussion questions follow each play to prompt critical thinking about the plot, characters, setting, themes, and other essential aspects of these works.

Although this book is a companion text for the free course College Writing 11.3x, AP® English Literature and Composition: Plays offered through UC Berkeley, it is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about some monumental theatrical plays.

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Nathan Taylor

Nathan Taylor, editorial assistant for Wayzgoose Press, holds a BA in English from the University of Oregon, where he concentrated on classic literary fiction. When he is not devouring a good book, he enjoys singing show tunes, hiking unfamiliar trails, and engaging in political debate with anyone willing to endure his fiery passion. He resides in Eugene, Oregon with his loving partner and adorably rambunctious cat.