The Beaux' Stratagem
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Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar
Book DescriptionIt attests to Farquhar's stature as a man that he composed this warm-hearted and vibrant play while he was dying. Like The Recruiting Officer, the play is set in a provincial town and its plot is slight: Aimwell and Archer, two impecunious London gentlemen, arrive in Lichfield looking for an heiress to marry. Aimwell, posing as his elder brother, falls in love with his 'prey' Dorinda and confesses his imposture to her; his 'man-servant' Archer arouses the wistful interest of the unhappily married Mrs Sullen. The introduction to this edition discusses the play for its theatrical merits and argues that it dramatises the ills of marriage in early modern England, shown by Farquhar to be more injurious to the wife than to the husband, and calls for a reform of the divorce laws.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780713670004
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author George Farquhar
Recruiting Officer, Hardback (January 2011)
This edition sheds light on Farquhar's work, highlighting its status as an account of army corruption and sexual intrigue, and its relevance to later literature such as Brecht's Trumpets and Drums, Keneally's The Playmaker, and Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good.
Beaux' Stratagem, Paperback (August 1995)
On of the best-known and one of the most-revived Restoration comedies.
Works of George Farquhar, Hardback (July 1988)» View all books by George Farquhar
A scholarly edition of works by George Farquhar. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.
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Author Biography - George Farquhar
Ann Blake is Honorary Fellow at the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia
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