Nothing can beat the beauty of a well-written composition in verse or prose used to present a dialogue or pantomime. With so many great compositions out there, it is tough discovering which to read. Truthfully, due to differing tastes, we cannot tell you what to read, but we can guide you. We have through our reviews and a very secret ballot amongst ourselves, compiled a list of what we consider to be the greatest drama books of all time.
Shall we begin?
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10. A Dog of Flanders by Marie Louise de la Ramée
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With the plot set in a 19th century Belgium, this book by Marie Louise de la Ramée only became popular in Belgium in the late 20th century after decades of immense success in East Asia. That has not stopped one of the most popular drama books from making it to the top ten drama books of all time. Fewer tragedies have generated this much sentiment and consistently had so much impact on multiple generations of readers as this book. A Dog Of Flanders is has been converted into a drama graphic novel for children in Japan and Korea and has seen numerous movie adaptations.
09. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Only few popular drama books have sustained high ratings across all categories of readers than this book by Harper Lee. Even fewer drama books have risen so rapidly to fame and global acclaim as To Kill A Mockingbird did, wining a Pulitzer Prize barely one year after being published. The reason behind being listed amongst popular drama books is To Kill A Mockingbird’s delicious brew of cruelty and kindness, experience and innocence, pathos and humor and love and hatred is a lot more than just a simple love story.
8. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
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And where would this list be without Shakespeare? A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a love polygon for the ages. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a love themed story with a possible undertone of religious satire, ambiguous sexuality, and the supernatural. One of Shakespeare’s most popular drama books, fast-paced with numerous twists, this hilarious drama is one for all.
7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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Clare met Henry when she was 6 and Henry 36. They married when Henry was 31 and Clare 23. Henry’s genetic clock automatically resets on a periodic basis leaving him lost in time and drawn towards periods of emotional gravity he has or will undergo in his life. This tale of a couple trying to make the best of each other in the midst of an uncontrollable and unpredictable phenomenon is time conquering. One of the greatest drama books of all time.
6. Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays) by Sophocles
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Nothing is more painful than how helplessly the reader is forced to follow Oedipus as he ignorantly fulfils a horrific prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. Despite the gore of the tale, Oedipus Rex makes for an amazing literary work certainly worth its place on this list. Few popular drama books have survived as many centuries as Sophocle’s masterpiece.
5. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
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Few plays could be as compelling as Hamlet, the tragic tale of a young prince in Denmark tormented by evidence that his father was murdered by his uncle and that his mother was unfaithful. Hamlet, torn between his longing for revenge and desire for oblivion, makes this book one of the greatest classics for the theatre.
4. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons
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It’s 1941 and the German armies are advancing. The Metanov family are already having it tough surviving in Leningrad. However, Tatiana has fallen in love with a young man who harbors an extraordinary and deadly secret. This tale of love is suspense-filled and will certainly keep you glued to the book from cover to cover.
3. Maus: The Complete Maus by Art Spielgelman
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This multiple-award winning drama graphic novel by Art Spielgelman is the tale of Vladek Spiegelman a Jew from Poland and his struggles at surviving in a Europe under Hitler. The book is able to capture the everyday fear felt by Jews under Hitler’s regime and intense desire to survive. This book which has fetched Art Spiegelman a Pulitzer prize amongst other countless awards is definitely a good read.
2. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
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This heedlessly impulsive humorous play about secret engagements, mistaken identities and lovers entanglements remains appealing to readers over a hundred years since its initial publication. This drama book has remained an integral part of the curriculum of high schools till this day.
1. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
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Few if any will fault my choice of author for the topmost position but some may criticize the choice of literature. One of the greatest drama books of the ages, it is themed on issues still pertinent in the world today; political ambition and the destructive psychological and physical result of the pursuit of raw power. This book, which happens to be Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, is also one of the most dramatized ones.
That is our list of the greatest drama books of all time. Feel free to let us know what you think. We are reading.