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Critic by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Book DescriptionThe Critic was Sheridan's response to a very specific political and theatrical situation. In the summer of 1779, a Franco-Spanish invasion seemed imminent and patriotic fervour superseded party divisions and personal animosities. The Critic satirises the panic of the summer in the form of the comically misconceived tragedy 'The Spanish Armada' that is in rehearsal in the second and third acts, but The Critic ends with genuine patriotic feeling. This edition traces both the political and the theatrical objects of Sheridan's satire and discusses its reliance (and improvement) on earlier meta-theatrical burlesques like The Duke of Buckingham's Restoration romp The Rehearsal.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780713631883
(198mm x 126mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 9-Nov-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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One of a series designed to provide a new, accessible approach to the works of great poets and playwrights. Each text includes general notes on the text; discussion of themes, issues and context; and suggestions for further reading.
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