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The Country Wife and Other Plays: Love in a Wood; The Gentleman Dancing-Master; The Country Wife; The Plain Dealer

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William Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humor, vivid characterization, and social criticism. This edition includes Love in a Wood, The Gentleman Dancing-Master, The Country Wife, and The Plain Dealer. The texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scho ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published October 26th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1971)
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Buck
Historically, men have come up with some dodgy schemes for getting laid—etchings, roofies, the Michael Bublè catalogue—but this one from The Country Wife has a certain manwhorish cunning: a libertine hires a quack to spread the rumour that a botched operation for venereal disease has left him impotent. Counterproductive, you might be thinking. Pure genius, I tell you. See, 'cause now all the jealous husbands want to use him as a lapdog and chaperone for their wives. As an added bonus, his unfort ...more
Emery Lee
Have read THE COUNTRY WIFE and THE PLAIN DEALER.
Very bawdy and funny.
Reminiscent of Shakespeare with the sexual innuendo and women disguised as men.
Phillip
Firstly, top marks to the Oxford editors for the background and notes in this anthology.

restoration plays are absolutely fascinating, though they usually get overshadowed by their earlier cousins in the Renaissance. What interests me most about these plays--I've read The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer--is the self-consciousness of the theater. I mean, each play comments on contemporary theater culture (which was very different than Renaissance theater culture), and even on the Wycherly and hi
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Sheila
Was prompted to read Wycherley's The Country Wife after seeing a great production of the play at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Dubbed 'The filthiest play in London' when staged in 1675, it's a rollicking Restoration Carry On of a play
Victoria Vane
Have read THE COUNTRY WIFE and THE PLAIN DEALER.
Very bawdy and funny.
Reminiscent of Shakespeare with the sexual innuendo and women disguised as men.
Ray
**** for The Country Wife
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William Wycherley was an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for the plays The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer.

Wycherley left Oxford University and took up residence at the Inner Temple, but gave little attention to the study of law. Pleasure and the stage were his only interests. His play, Love in a Wood, was produced early in 1671 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. It was pu
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