The Plays of George Etherege
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Plays of George Etherege by Sir George Etherege
Book DescriptionEven among the richly talented generation who wrote for the stage during the Restoration, Etherege was, from the start, considered to be a very special kind of innovator. His first play, The Comical Revenge (1664), with its partisan portrait of the Cavalier gentry during the last years of the Revolution and its bravura interweaving of four separate plots, deftly caught an early Restoration mood and enjoyed great popularity. Its successor, She Would if She Could (1668), marks a deliberate change in direction. Audiences, expecting a sequel more akin to The Comical Revenge, were at first faltering in their response, but by 1671 Thomas Shadwell was confidently calling it the best comedy to have been written since the return of the king in 1660. Etherege's masterpiece, however, is his last play, The Man of Mode (1676), which in clarity of vision and freshness of detail surpasses both its predecessors and in the early years of the eighteenth century became a central text in the debate about the worth of Restoration comedy. 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521288798
(210mm x 117mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Oct-1982
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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'Man of Mode', Paperback (October 2007)
A revised reprint of this classic drama text with the addition of a new section on Recent Stage History and Critical Interpretation.
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.
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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