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How to Find Translations into and from English: Plays

This guide will show you how to find translations into and from English.

Play Index

Online Version:

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1949 to the present. Searches can be done by English titles only.

 

Paper Version:

Bobst REF1 Index  (Z5781 .P53) YEARS:1949/1952- 

 

 

Finding English Translations of Plays

If you know the foreign language title of the play that you are looking for, do a title search in BobCat or WorldCat, and limit the results by English language. 

   It is often worth finding out the title in the original language, since there can be more than one English-language variant. Chekhov's Chaika, for example, has been translated into English as The Sea Gull, The Seagull, and The Sea-Gull. Translators may even deliberately try to find a new translation for a title to distinguish their translation from others. In many cases, however, a title search under the commonly-known English title (Three Sisters) will be successful.

   Also in BobCat and WorldCat do an author-title search using the title word "Plays," to see if the play you are looking for appears in an anthology  of the author's plays. In most cases, the titles of the plays in a book will be listed in the search results