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Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The plays are fully annotated for the modern reader and are accompanied by six illustrations. The close relationship between theater and society during the period continues to be the focus of Contexts. The editor offers contemporary discussions of the following topics: On Wit, Humour, and Laughter: 1660 1775, The Collier Controversy: 1698, Steele and Dennis: On The Man of ...more
Paperback, 648 pages
Published January 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published May 1st 1973)
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I actually enjoyed this book. I read it for my "18th Century Restoration Drama" class, sooo... the book was rather fitting as you can see. There's a couple of good essays and notes for historical context, and some of the slang and references are pointed out for additional help. I still had to look up what a 'cuckhold' was, and was gratified to hear literally the next day the term used on "The Office". Nice one Dwight. Anyway, my favorites would be "The Country Wife" and "The Conscious Lovers". " ...more
William Wycherley, The Country Wife: ***
George Etherege, The Man of Mode: **
Aphra Behn, The Rover: **
William Congreve, The Way of the World: **
Richard Steele, The Conscious Lovers: *
Richard Sheridan, The School for Scandal: ***

I must add that Whycherley's The Country Wife has one of the most hilarious plots I've ever come across.
May 02, 2012 G. marked it as unfinished
Read the first three plays - loved the first and third, completely bemused by second. V. interesting
I am reading several sections of this book, not the whole thing, though most of it.
Gregory Knapp
Witty and sophisticated cuckoldry in the best circles, anyone?
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