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Theater: Browsing for Plays

Browsing the Stacks for Print Copies of Plays

Library of Congress Classification is not set up well for playscripts, but if you ever want to explore the stacks the old-fashioned way, you totally can!

But remember - all literature is arranged by author last name, and plays will  be mixed in with any other lit written by that author (poetry, novels, etc) - so browsing for plays takes fortitude of mind and body...so it might be best to start with Collections and Anthologies...

 

American Drama

PS625 = Selections, Anthologies, Collections of plays

PS700 = 17th & 18th Century Plays (Colonial Period), in order by author last name

PS991 = 19th Century Plays, in order of last name author last name

PS3500 = Plays by authors who began writing between 1900-1960, in order by  author last name

PS3550 = Plays by authors who began writing between 1960-2000, in order by  author last name

PS3600 = Plays by authors who began writing between 2001-present, in order by author last name

 

British Drama

PR1261.A --> .Z= Medieval Mystery Plays and Play Cycles

PR2411 = English Renaissance Plays (1500-1640) [Includes Shakespeare]

PR3291 = 17th & 18th Century Plays (1640-1770)

PR3991 = 19th Century Plays

PR6000 = Plays by authors who began writing between 1900-1960, in order by  author last name

PR6050 = Plays by authors who began writing between 1960-2000, in order by  author last name

PS6100 = Plays by authors who began writing between 2001-present, in order by author last name


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