Which texts qualify as a "literary tragedy"?

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A list of all tragedies in literature is a huge list. I will go ahead and list some of the more famous tragedies in order to keep the list more manageable.  

Shakespeare is a good place to start: 

  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Coriolanus
  • Hamlet 
  • Julius Caesar
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus 

Christopher Marlowe is a contemporary of Shakespeare and has a couple of famous tragedies to his name, including:  

  • The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
  • Tamburlaine the Great

John Webster is another good choice for an author of tragedies. He wrote

  • The Duchess of Malfi
  • The White Devil

More modern literature has plenty of titles available as well:

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
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