Selected Plays of Dion Boucicault, Irish Drama Selections 4, Catholic University of America Press, 1987. Chosen and Introduced by Andrew Parkin. Contains an indispensable GLOSSARY OF IRISH EXPRESSIONS. Pbk., 407 pp. “Two alleged fathers, several supposed birthdates, and three wives” is how Professor Andrew Parkin (as he now is) starts his entertaining and informative Introduction. Six plays have been selected from this author’s enormous (and otherwise largely forgettable) output: London Assurance, The Corsican Brothers, The Octaroon (complete with the tragic American ending and the happier London one, with its spectacular exploding steamboat), The Colleen Bawn, The Shaughraun, and Robert Emmett. Who can resist Cast Lists that include such characters as Lady Gay Spanker, Danny Mann (the Hunchbacked Servant), Mark Meddle or Dora Sunnyside? A boon for any student of early Victorian drama, or indeed for anyone interested in the history of the British stage. Covers very slightly faded, but otherwise in good nick throughout. £19.99.