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Plays by Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The School for Scandal

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This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: The School for Scandal, the Rivals, the Critic, a Trip to Scarborough. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The School for Scandal is a comedy of manners written by R ...more
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Published May 31st 2010 by General Books LLC (first published 1777)
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Mar 01, 2010 Brigid rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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.
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
مملة وكآنى أقرأ رواية لفيلم ابيض واسود قديم
فقط نجمة واحدة لآنى استمعت لها كتاب صوتى وكان اداء الممثلين جميل
Ioan Prydderch
I saw no academic advantage in studying this play whatsoever.
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
N.T. Embe
May 08, 2011 N.T. Embe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.
Rob Roy
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.
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
Maxwell Heath
This was quite enjoyable. I found it a little hard to keep track of who loved who, but I felt that the mess of different loves worked pretty well, and lead to some good moments. In general, I enjoyed the humor in this play a lot. The names were a nice touch. The two major plots were relatively well tied together. Though Lady Sneerwell disappears in the middle, it feels like she's faded into the background and hasn't been lost track of. The screen scene, in which a succession of characters are hi ...more
The first historical play I ever read and liked was Moliere’s Tartuffe. It made me realize that stuffy old plays could be fun and funny. The School for Scandal reminded me a great deal of that sense of discovery and excitement I had when I first read Tartuffe. Both plays jump off the page, making it easy to imagine the scenes on stage. A comedy of manners, The School for Scandal centers on two brothers – one considered good, one considered bad – and the motley characters that surround them. As a ...more
I love old theatre, but this was unbearable! Way to long and without a real point other than showing that people are mean.
Funny. Honestly, intelligently funny. It's a play, so obviously you need to read it carefully and critically to find the humor in it, but once you really start thinking about the dialogue and envision it happening before you without the help of discriptive language, you start to see all the hidden quirks and meanings behind the dialogue. Reading a play is a lot harder than prose, in my opinion, since you have to dig deeper to find meaning, but it's all the more worth it once you do.

I find myself
Lorna Marie
I read this during either GCSE or A Level English. I actually can't remember much! Perhaps I should read it again...
Haven't had a good laugh while reading a book in such a long time.
Really entertaining and fun.
I found Wycherley's Country Wife to be better, and also more teachable for my mostly female
two-year college students. Perhaps the earlier, Moliere-influenced Restoration plays reflect better
the dynamics of the initial dynamics of country Whig versus Court Tory, which lasted over a century.
Fascinating that Sheridan was performed during the American Revolution, around the time Johnson
was completing his first English Dictionary in his house still there near the 17C Cheshire Cheese pub
off Fleet Stre
Highly enjoyable!
I never knew this even existed. It reads very much like a regency romance novel except for all the romance. One woman is very gossipy there are malicious plots and schemes to ruin this person or win this person. And quite a few people pretend to be someone else to determine whether one character or another is a gambling rake. At times I was confused about characters, but the drama and all the machinations kept me reading to find out what would happen next.
The School for Scandal is an entertaining comedy of manners satirizing the idle rich of Georgian England. The play tells the story of evil gossip-mongers getting their comeuppance. It is a light hearted affair, not really conveying anything very useful to today’s reader/audience, but its wit and characters are entertaining enough to hold their own. The plot is also very tight and does an excellent job bringing together several plots threads very nicely.
Everett Darling
Nov 30, 2008 Everett Darling rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gossipmongers and flibbertigibbets
Shelves: 2008
I was struck by how modern the play seems, considering it was written in the second half of the 18th century. As far as readability goes, I simply couldn't put it down. The characters are quite funny, if a little one-dimensional, and the scenes cover the ridiculous to the hilarious. I would love to see this done live, notably the infamous screen scene. It's easy to see why this is considered one of the funniest manner plays of the English language.
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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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