Category: Drama

Dramatic Study: Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw Introduction When George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1925, he was praised for turning “his weapons against everything that he conceives of as prejudice.” This is clearly true of Pygmalion, which was premiered in German in Vienna in 1913. […]

Dramatic Study: The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare Introduction The Merchant of Venice ranks with Hamlet as one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed dramas. Written sometime between 1594 and 1598, the play is primarily based on a story in Il Pecorone,a collection of tales and anecdotes by the fourteenth-century Italian writer Giovanni Fiorentino. There is considerable […]