‘Pandora’s Box’ by Frank Wedekind

This play is the sequel to “Earth Spirit”, in which the adventurous and manipulative Lulu marries and rids herself of three husbands, only to be arrested for the murder of the third. In “Pandora’s Box”, Lulu escapes from prison only to be forced in the life of a courtesan. Reduced to desperate poverty, she meets […]

‘If I Had a Father’ by George MacDonald

Arthur Gervaise, a London sculptor, learns too late of his love for a woman, while his absentee father secretly tries to serve and help him. Meanwhile, an old country man searches frantically for his daughter, whose disappearance he suspects Arthur has something to do with. These two fathers’ devotion to their adult children causes those […]

‘A Dialogue in Fiesole’ by Alfred Austin

A colloquy between two lovers,  which concludes with the following lines: Give me your hand; and, if you will, keep mine Engraffed in yours, as slowly thus we skirt La Doccia’s dark declivity, and make Athwart Majano’s pathless pines a path To lead us onward haply where it may. Lo ! the Carrara mountains flush […]

‘Earth Spirit’ by Frank Wedekind

Lulu marries and survives three husbands, only to face prosecution for the shooting of the third. Lulu’s later adventures are described in the following play, Pandora’s Box I play the Countess Geschwitz, who is enamoured with Lulu, the main character. Earth Spirit by Frank Wedekind

‘The Blunderer’ by Moliere

In this piece the plot is carried on … by a servant, Mascarille, who is the first original personage Molière has created; he is not a mere imitation of the valets of the Italian or classical comedy; he has not the coarseness and base feelings of the servants of his contemporaries, but he is a […]

‘Jo’s Boys’ by Louisa May Alcott

Jo’s little men and women are grown up and entering new stages of life. Along with discovering their individual niches, there are lots of lessons to study, plays to perform, and parties to attend… and love is undeniably in the air. When three of Jo’s most beloved boys embark on journeys of their own, they […]

‘Endymion’ by John Keats

Endymion is the largest work by John Keats and was composed between April and November 1817. It was published in April 1818, and the critical reception was almost universally hostile. The plot is built around the ancient Greek legend of Endymion, the young shepherd whose beauty was such that the goddess of the Moon entreated Zeus […]