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In his 13th published work, King (English, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has compiled and edited a valuable resource of 45 essays by 38 scholars on the history of Western theater and drama through the ages and continents, from Ancient Greece to modern America. The text as a whole is divided into six parts, with the first volume consisting of "The Four Great Eras of Western Drama," "Two Other Major Eras of Western Drama (Medieval and Restoration)," and "National and Regional Theater." The second volume begins with "Theater Movements and Issues," then goes on to "Dramatic Genres and Styles" and ends with "Theatrical Essentials." A comprehensive index allows users to search by playwright, subject, place, and play title. Each essay ends with "Further Readings" for continuing research on the topics introduced. The "Further Readings" and many subheadings make the books easy to use for those needing an overview, and the bibliography will help anyone interested in looking further. The writing is accessible enough for high school students and yet adult enough for informed lay readers. Suitable for public libraries, high schools with a large drama focus, and academic libraries where students enroll in theater or drama courses.