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The School for Scandal

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"The School for Scandal" is Richard Brinsley Sheridan's classic comedy that pokes fun at London upper class society in the late 1700s. Often referred to as a "comedy of manners," "The School for Scandal" is one Sheridan's most performed plays and a classic of English comedic drama.
Paperback, 91 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Digireads.com (first published May 8th 1777)
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Brigid
Mar 01, 2010 Brigid rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in theatre, people interested in 18th century social lives, gossipers
This fun play parodies the social lives of 18th century lords and ladies, poking fun at their interactions and adding a moral lesson or two about spreading gossip. All the stereotypes are at play: the aging man and his much-younger bride; the two brothers both beset in dramas of their own; the young ward promised to one brother but in love with the other; the vengeful older woman with a mind for destroying others' matches; the gossip unaware of her own sharp tongue; as well as a bevy of others. ...more
Marina
Feb 11, 2015 Marina rated it it was amazing
I often find myself idealizing 18th century Britain as a place where every single person was erudite, witty, and genteel all the time. That'll happen to you if you sit around languishing over Pope, Swift, Gay, Johnson, and others of their ilk all day, as I do (As Horace said, "Oh, if only the earth in its earlier years had given me birth to live among those heroes!"... or something like that). I need books like this to remind me that the majority of people, particularly in high society, have alw ...more
Aila
Mar 12, 2015 Aila rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
This was surprisingly funny.

Quick to read and quite witty.
Now I have to prepare for a test on it tomorrow. :'^)
Ioan Prydderch
I saw no academic advantage in studying this play whatsoever.
Yani
Feb 26, 2016 Yani rated it really liked it
Shelves: teatro, universidad
Relectura febrero 2016

[...] tan malos son los que transmiten historias como los que las inventan.


Algo así como Gossip Girl en 1777, pero con personajes más adultos y sin tanto drama adolescente. La obra es muy entretenida y se lee rápido, porque no presenta dificultades en el argumento ni nada parecido. Creo que la intención de Sheridan fue que se entendiera el mensaje, precisamente.

A grandes rasgos, se trata de un grupo de gente bien posicionada socialmente que disfruta de inventar rumo
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Esraa Diab
Feb 06, 2015 Esraa Diab rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-drama
I read this drama for the sake of my collage ^^ and surprisingly i loved it.

school of scandal represents the comedy of manners in the 18th century In England.
Sheridan criticizes a lot of bad habits in the English community in a very fun, smart and intelligent way.

The plot, to be honest, is complicated; there are two main plots in the play. The first plot is between the two brothers and the second is about the school of scandal and lady Sneerwell plans, in addition to the plot between Lady Teaze
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Malin (JustMalin's)
Nov 19, 2015 Malin (JustMalin's) rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
meh.
Nourhan
"" Never believe what is said "
Every person we meet has two faces Reality and Appearance . Unfortunately we can't discover that we are deceived until fate reveals every thing .
Throughout the relations between members of the scandal's school , we mock at some behavior of 18th English communities . Actually and Arabic communities also ."


"Let's start with analyzing the main characters :
- Joseph surface : He seems to be a model of moral man , or as sir Peter Teazel said " a model for the young men o
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Marty
Aug 16, 2011 Marty rated it it was amazing
Perhaps I was far too predisposed towards this play before I even set eyes on it. Of course, often high expectations can jade an experience when they aren’t matched. So, School for Scandal, in spite of or because of my blatant pre-reading favoritism, managed to earn itself my high regard.

But how did I happen upon this obscure, eighteenth century, no-longer-in-print play in the first place? This won’t surprise those who know me well, but while reading Ron Chernow’s extensive biography on George W
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Bruce
Sep 28, 2010 Bruce rated it really liked it
What a droll and clever play! Sheridan plays with high society and its hypocrisy, its love of gossip and rumor. Combine this with mixed and feinted identities, crossed love tangles, and the combination of old husband and young wife, and the ingredients are in place for a delightful stew of confusion and sharp repartee. Fun as such is to read, it would be doubly delightful seen in a skillful stage production. This is one of those comedies of manners, like Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, ...more
Reader
Apr 04, 2016 Reader rated it liked it
I am unsure whether this is better than the Rivals or not. I certainly enjoyed it, and perhaps made more sense of it than the Rivals on first reading as it seemed to have a more vivid society with a greater impact on the reader. My favourite scene was the classic character hidden behind the screen, which, though improbably, hardly ever fails to work comically, and by stretching it to its extremes with Lady Teazle almost discovered behind the screen, and then her husband in the cupboard, followed ...more
Phillip
Dec 15, 2014 Phillip rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
I tend to think of the era between the end of the Restoration period proper (roughly 1695) and the beginnings of Wilde's and Shaw's theatrical careers (late 19th century) as a kind of dead zone for the English stage, and if Sheridan is the best comedian between Congreve and Wilde, this play has done little to substantive change that opinion. The play is okay. My caveat is that it is probably better in performance. But I don't think the humor in the play is really there. It mostly just seems like ...more
Nick Black
Jul 17, 2009 Nick Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: likely-reread
The earliest literature I can think of that's actually funny (as in: Chaucer does not count, no matter what you people say, and neither does Shakespeare). Hrmm, actually, this was 1777 and not the seventeenth century as I'd thought, so it's beat out by Rabelais, Cervantes, and Swift at a minimum. Pope had a few witty lines as well, if I recall. And a case can be made for Catullus, Juvenal, certainly Aristophanes, Lucilius...argh I don't know shit, and oughtn't say shit :/.
Suhasini Srihari
Jun 03, 2013 Suhasini Srihari rated it it was amazing
Beautiful read and Sheridan's use of dialogues are an amazing piece of art work. It is indeed rightly placed in the category of "comedy of manners". And Sheridan uses a phrase through Sir Peter's lines, "... a character's dead at every word..."; which is so true in the play and by extension an effective mockery at us humans. I personally found these lines interesting and true;
"Thus at our friends we laugh, who feel the dart;
To reach our feelings, we ourselves must smart."
Peter Holford
Jan 09, 2016 Peter Holford rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: set-texts
My first foray into eighteenth century drama, first performed in 1777 at the time James Cook was exploring and discovering the 'New World'. This play is not difficult to read, but I am sure that it would be vastly superior to see it performed. It is a 'comedy of sentiment', which was popular in the mid-eighteenth century. This one is almost a parody of the genre, though, in which irony is used extensively to highlight the hypocrisy and corruption of the upper classes in London at the time. It is ...more
Vic
Jun 13, 2009 Vic rated it really liked it
This was on my book list for English Lit in college. It was one of the few texts I kept through the years. I was already heavily into reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and so Richard Sheridan's comedy of manners fit right in.
Adam Floridia
Although written 100 years later, this is a very typical Restoration drama: mistaken identities, love triangles, characters hiding behind screens, etc.. Devoid of wit, though, this can best be compared to a modern day soap opera.
Stephen
I really need to give this one another try. I do recall that it's NOT the best selection to see after a large meal in an over-warm theater while still slightly jet-lagged.
Yara Eisa
Nov 25, 2012 Yara Eisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
مملة وكآنى أقرأ رواية لفيلم ابيض واسود قديم
فقط نجمة واحدة لآنى استمعت لها كتاب صوتى وكان اداء الممثلين جميل
Leslie
Oct 17, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for audiobook edition. See my hardcover edition of The Rivals And The School For Scandal for review of the play itself.

While listening to this full cast audiobook was a nice way to revisit this Restoration comedy, I found the pace a bit too slow & didn't care for the voices of some of the characters (Sir Peter & Charles in particular). Elizabeth Klett was magnificent as usual though!
Gale
Graduate Studies in Gossip and Family Intrigue

Sheridan's 1777 farcical treatment of upper class snobbery and reputation ruination sparkles even two centuries later--whether on the boards or on the pages. Delightfully irreverent this five-act play entertains despite its period setting, for costumes, accessories and expressions can not detract from the basic functioning and foibles of human nature. The Dover Thrift edition includes A PORTRAIT (flattering poem addressed to a possible patroness), a
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N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks]
May 08, 2011 N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a love of Drama, Humor, and good-natured Gossip-inspired chaos!
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: Jack Lynch
What a read this turned out to be! Surely the title and genre of plays will give someone a thought as to what it'll be about, but surprise, surprise! It was not only not what I expected, but it was BETTER! Better beyond what I long expected out of this time, having been privy to some of the humorous, scandalous plays and poetic works of the earlier half of the 18th Century. But nay! This play outdoes them all by a score of fields! It is not mere humor at the situation, but it is the total immers ...more
Kerri
Jul 07, 2011 Kerri rated it really liked it
I picked this book up in an awesome little bookstore in Halifax last year. Why? Because it looked old and it smelled like old book and that's kind of my thing. I had never heard of this play or Richard Brinsley Sheridan before. I had no idea what to expect.

This play was HILARIOUS! I seriously caught myself laughing out loud quite a bit. Which was less than desirable since I was reading it at work and now my co-workers probably think I'm crazy. But seriously! I couldn't stop giggling. I find this
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Ralph
May 21, 2014 Ralph rated it it was amazing
Technically, I have not read this play. I have read about it in a high school English class when studying the period and drama in general. Then I had the opportunity to see a production of it by the Bloomsburg Players in my home town while at university. Is that not the way one is SUPPOSED to experience a play: seen and heard rather than read?

The short and sweet of it is: I really enjoyed it! I may eventually read the play but i certainly would see another production of it.
Rex Libris
Apr 11, 2014 Rex Libris rated it liked it
School for Scandal is about a collection of gossips and hypocrites who seek to seduce a young lady away from her true love. She is courted by two brothers, one who is quite nasty but has an impeccable reputation, and the other who is decent person but a spendthrift. The girl is in love w ith the spendthrift but is desired by the nasty brother.

Enter a rich uncle who uncovers the truth of all and the scandal-mongers are themselves scandalized in the end.
Kristy Madden
Dec 09, 2015 Kristy Madden rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this 17th century comedy and was surprised at how modern it seemed in it's humor. The verbal repartee is great fun, in a style which reminds me of Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest ". Unfortunately, there is some very obvious anti-semitism, but that was quite common in those days.
Rob Roy
Dec 16, 2014 Rob Roy rated it really liked it
While a rollicking fun play much of the action serves as a platform for the biting wit. More than 200 years old, the wit is still sharp and on target. People really haven’t changed that much. Warning, reading this will cause you to laugh out loud on several occasions.
Laylatb
Jan 13, 2016 Laylatb rated it really liked it
The intriques of stiff high British society as a centre of satire. Lies, manipulation, all the sauce a play with a freshly married couple with a big age gap as well as a search for a proper candidate to inherit and marry. Definitely one that I might return to in future when in need of fresh air.
Mike Jensen
May 10, 2015 Mike Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to tell people this was my favorite play not written by Shakespeare. I am no longer sure that is true, but it is wonderful. Smart, witty, a keen social satire on certain personality types some of which are still with us, and funny, funny, funny.
Ben
Feb 02, 2010 Ben rated it really liked it
A ridiculous and surprisingly amusing Restoration comedy, Sheridan's 'School for Scandal' was entertaining from beginning to end. I'm not the biggest fan of Restoration drama, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this play. It doesn't take itself seriously, has all of the insane key ingredients for a proper comedy (unrequited love, observed conversations, observers revealed, the comeuppance of the bad(der) characters, a happy ending, and plenty of wit and wordplay), and has enoug ...more
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan was an Irish-born playwright and poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. For thirty-two years he was also a Whig Member of the British House of Commons for Stafford (1780–1806), Westminster (1806–1807) and Ilchester (1807–1812). Such was the esteem he was held in by his contemporaries when he died that he was buried at Poets' Corner in Westminste ...more
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