Cenci: A Tragedy in Five Acts, The
"The Cenci, A Tragedy, in Five Acts (1819) is a verse drama in five acts by Percy Bysshe Shelley written in the summer of 1819, and inspired by a real Italian family, the Cenci (in particular, Beatrice Cenci, pronounced CHEN-chee)... Shelley sought to have the play staged, describing it as 'totally different from anything you might conjecture that I should write; of a more popular kind... written for the multitude.' A second edition appeared in 1821, his only published work to go into a second edition during his lifetime. The play was not considered performable in its day due to its themes of incest and parricide, and was not performed in public in England until 1922 when it was staged in London... Though there has been much debate over the play's stageability, it has been produced in many countries including France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and the United States. It was included in the Harvard Classics as one of the most important and representative works of the western canon."
May 1 – August 5, 1819