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A Guide to the More Common Literary Genres


Drama is made up of plays that are meant to be performed on stage. They contain the lines that a character speaks and stage directions to show what a character does. When you read them you can imagine yourself playing a character and saying those lines.

Plays can be written in any of the styles listed here, but the most common are probably mystery plays, comedies, realistic dramas, romances, and historical dramas. Some plays are adapted from other books.

Robert Bolt The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew
Agatha Christie Ten Little Indians
Bernard Kops Dreams of Anne Frank
Stephen Malatratt The Lady in Black
John Mortimer A Christmas Carol
Dan Needles Letter from Wingfield Farm

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