By: Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934)
|The 'Mind the Paint' Girl A Comedy in Four Acts|
|The Gay Lord Quex A Comedy in Four Acts|
|The Big Drum A Comedy in Four Acts|
|The Squire An Original Comedy in Three Acts|
By: Royall Tyler (1757-1826)
By: Tom Taylor (1817-1880)
|Our American Cousin|
By: George Colman (1762-1836)
|John Bull Or, The Englishman's Fireside: A Comedy, in Five Acts|
By: Mary Keith Medbery Mackaye (1845-1924)
Pride and Prejudice: A Play
Pride and Prejudice, a comedy of manners and marriage, is the most famous of Jane Austen's novels. In this dramatic adaption by Mary Keith Medbery Macakaye some liberties are taken with the storyline and characters, but it is still a fun listen or read. Perhaps a good introduction for someone not ready to tackle the complete novel ~ and for the reader familiar with the work, a laugh can be had at the changes that were made in order to adapt it to the stage
By: John Lydgate (1370?-1451?)
|Disguising at Hertford|
By: Heywood Broun (1888-1939)
Seeing Things at Night
This Book is a collection of humorous short stories which describe the comedy in everyday things and situations.
By: Jesse Lynch Williams (1871-1929)
Why Marry? is a comedy, which "tells the truth about marriage". We find a family in the throes of proving the morality of marriage to a New Age Woman. Can the family defend marriage to this self-supporting girl? Will she be convinced that marriage is the ultimate sacredness of a relationship or will she hold to her perception that marriage is the basis of separating two lovers."Why Marry?" won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
By: James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862)
By: Mark Ambient (1860-1937)
|Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts|
By: John Wight (1866-1944)
Mornings at Bow Street
This is a collection of various articles found in Morning Herald columns. Some are found interesting, some may be hilarious! The 84 pieces of this book are actual reports throughout the 1870s newspaper written by the reporter, John Wight and Illustrated by George Cruikshank
By: Lawrence Echard (1670?-1730)
|Prefaces to Terence's Comedies and Plautus's Comedies (1694)|
By: John Leacock (1729-1802)
|The Fall of British Tyranny American Liberty Triumphant|
By: William Mountfort (1664-1692)
|Life and Death of Doctor Faustus Made into a Farce|
By: Charlotte Endymion Porter (1859-1942)
|Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies|
By: Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929)
|Dolly Reforming Herself A Comedy in Four Acts|
One-Act Play Collection
One-Act Play Collection includes 6 one-act plays in the public domain.
By: Richmal Crompton (1890-1969)
William is a mischievous eleven year old who is puzzled by the adult world, which is no less puzzled by him. The humor is gentle and pleasing. The series of books is better known in the United Kingdom than in the U.S. (
By: Emily Eden
The Semi-Detached House
If you're a Jane Austen fan, you'll enjoy Emily Eden's comic novels of manners, The Semi-Detached House (1859) and The Semi-Attached Couple (1860). At the opening of The Semi-Detached House, the beautiful (but rather petulant) Lady Blanche Chester, newly married and pregnant, is being installed in a suburban house while her husband is away. Her encounters with her neighbors, and the intrigues of the neighborhood, soon come to absorb and annoy her.
By: Owen Wister (1860-1938)
The New Swiss Family Robinson
A parody of its famous predecessor, this short piece was written by Owen Wister for the Harvard Lampoon
Irish Wit and Humor
Excerpted anecdotes from the biographies of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell, relating humorous snippets of politics in 18th and 19th century Ireland. For some these may be poignant in addition to being humorous and for others they may be humorous in addition to being poignant. (
By: Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
An outbreak of plague in London forces a gentleman, Lovewit, to flee temporarily to the country, leaving his house under the sole charge of his butler, Jeremy. Jeremy uses the opportunity given to him to use the house as the headquarters for fraudulent acts. He transforms himself into 'Captain Face', and enlists the aid of Subtle, a fellow conman and Dol Common, a prostitute. In The Alchemist, Jonson unashamedly satirizes the follies, vanities and vices of mankind, most notably greed-induced credulity...
By: Herbert George Jenkins (1876-1923)
The Return of Alfred
The hero of the book is at a loose end, weary and bored of his old life after returning from the Great War. After an argument with his uncle and a railway strike he finds himself lost in the county of Norfolk at ten o’clock one night. When he seeks shelter in a country home, the butler immediately recognizes him as “Mr. Alfred”, the missing son of the house. From that point onwards, our hero, who gives his name as “James Smith”, finds himself in for an exciting time.Not only does he inherit the friends of “Mr...
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known works is Tartuffe or The Hypocrite, written in 1664. Though Tartuffe was received well by the public and even by Louis XIV, its popularity was lessened when the Archbishop of Paris issued an edict threatening excommunication for anyone who watched, performed in, or read the play.Tartuffe, a pious fraud who pretends to speak with divine authority, has insinuated himself into the household of Orgon...
By: Unknown (1622-1673)
|The Middle-Class Gentleman|
By: Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker
The Roaring Girl
The Roaring Girl is a rip-roaring Jacobean comedy co-written by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker and first published in 1611. The play is a fictionalized dramatization of the life of Mary Frith, known as "Moll Cutpurse", a woman who had gained a reputation as a virago in the early 17th century. (The term "roaring girl" was adapted from the slang term "roaring boy", which was applied to a young man who caroused publicly, brawled, and committed petty crimes.) The play combines the exploits of the cross-dressed Moll with the amorous adventures of a trio of merchants' wives, and the forbidden romance between Sebastian Wengrave and Mary Fitzallard.
By: Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934)
The Amazons: A Farcical Romance
This 1895 farce inspired by the outlandish idea of women wearing pants, centers around the predicament of the three daughters of the eccentric Marchioness of Castlejordan, who determined to have sons, raised them like boys. She encouraged them to dress and act like boys at home, yet dress like ladies when out. As the girls come of age, they are conflicted. They want to please mother by acting as her sons, but, suddenly smitten with three gentlemen, they are compelled to grow up and be ladies. When their suitors secretly come to woo, they aren’t sure what to do……and what will mother do if she finds out?
By: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
The Strange Gentleman
Before he became a novelist, Dickens wrote several successful plays. This one from 1836, his first, he called, "A Comic Burletta in Two Acts". Characters arrive at a village inn called "The St. James Arms" and much confusion ensues.
By: Cal Stewart (1856-1919)
Uncle Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
A collection of comedic short stories from the perspective of an old country man.