The "Man of Mode"
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Man of Mode by Sir George Etherege
Book DescriptionVerbal brilliance, urbane sophistication and sexual conquest are the measures of success for the fashionable set who watched themselves being represented on the Restoration stage. Yet idealisation and satire, as this edition of Etherege's masterpiece shows, are flip sides of the same coin, and the play betrays deep anxieties about ridicule and social failure. Any London beau would emulate Dorimant, the unconscionable rake who loves 'em and leaves 'em, but he would also secretly fear that he in fact resembled Sir Fopling Flutter, the model of all Restoration fops, in his vanity and affectation. The women fare no better, being offered for identification Dorimant's discarded mistress Loveit, scheming for revenge, or the beautiful but hard-headed Harriet, who dares Dorimant to woo her in the country, for 'I know all beyond Hyde Park is a desert to you and that no gallantry can draw you farther'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780713681932
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sir George Etherege
Man of Mode, Paperback (January 2007)
First staged in 1676, "The Man of Mode" is perhaps the most typical 'Restoration Comedy'. This title is published alongside a revival of this play at the National Theatre, staged by the Artisitic Director, Nicholas Hytner.
Plays of George Etherege, Paperback (October 1982)
This edition includes annotated texts of all three plays, prefaced by an account of Etherege's life and the reception of his plays on the stage and in criticism.
Three Restoration Comedies, Paperback (February 1973)» View all books by Sir George Etherege
The three plays collected here mirror the era after King Charles II. In Etherege's "The Man of Mode", Dorimant meets his match. In Wycherley's "The Country Wife", Horner fakes impotence to fool husbands into giving him access to their wives. In Congreve's "Love for Love", the Valentine can win his beloved only if he loses his inheritance.
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Author Biography - Sir George Etherege
John Barnard is Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds. His research interests are in Restoration literature, Keats and the second generation Romantics, textual criticism, and book history. Recent publications include The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume IV 1557-1695 (2002).
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