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Cordner, Michael

Overview
Works: 69 works in 211 publications in 2 languages and 5,051 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Sources  Satire 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Author, Other
Classifications: PR2605, 822.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Cordner
English comedy( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plays of Sir George Etherege by George Etherege( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rivals ; The duenna ; A trip to Scarborough ; The school for scandal ; The critic by Richard Brinsley Sheridan( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The three plays collected in this volume demonstrate Sheridan's unerring ability to create ingenious plots, witty repartee, farcical situations and flamboyant characters. And while he never overtly moralizes, Sheridan uses brilliant comedy to deflate hypocrisy and satirize the manners of his age. In The Rivals, Captain Absolute becomes his own rival for the hand of Lydia Languish - wooing her under another name, while her aunt, the verbally inept Mrs Malaprop, wishes her to marry the real Captain. The Critic, featuring the pompous Puff and the arrogant Sneer, is a mocking depiction of the theatre, playwrights and, of course, critics. And The School for Scandal continues the theme of imposture when Sir Oliver Surface tests his nephews by appearing before them in disguise, and learns that reputation and the approval of society are of little value." "In his introduction, Eric S. Rump places the plays in their historical and dramatic context and examines their enduring popularity. This edition also includes notes and an appendix entitled 'Lydia's Books'."--Jacket
Players, playwrights, playhouses : investigating performance, 1660-1800 by Michael Cordner( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This innovative collection brings together a group of leading theatre historians to identify and exemplify a variety of productive new approaches to the investigation of plays, players, playwrights, playhouses and other aspects of theatre in the long eighteenth century. Their inquiries are multi-faceted, ranging from stage censorship and anti-theatricalism to the investigation of playhouse finances, from the performance representation of Othello and Oroonoko to the political resonances of adultery comedy, and from Garrick's vocal art to the interpretation of contemporary paintings of actors and actresses
Four Restoration marriage plays( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation
The beaux' stratagem by George Farquhar( Book )

24 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[4-25 March 1972], venue(s) not stated
Lady Windermere's fan ; Salome ; A woman of no importance ; An ideal husband ; The importance of being earnest by Oscar Wilde( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilde's drama combines epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation. This collection of his plays includes 'Lady Windermere's Fan', 'Salome', 'A Woman of No Importance', 'An Ideal Husband' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
Four revenge tragedies by Cyril Tourneur( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Revenge Tragedy flourished in Britain in the late Elizabethan and Jacobean period for both literary and cultural reasons. Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (1587) helped to establish the popularity of the genre, and it was followed by The Revenger's Tragedy (1606), published anonymously and ascribed first to Cyril Tourneur and then to Thomas Middleton. George Chapman's The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois and Tourneur's The Atheist's Tragedy were written between 1609 and 1610. Each of the four plays printed here defines the problems of the revenge genre, often by exploiting its conventions in unexpected directions. All deal with fundamental moral questions about the meaning of justice and the lengths to which victimized individuals may go to obtain it, while registering the social strains of life in a rigid but increasingly fragile social hierarchy
A mad world, my masters ; Michaelmas term ; A trick to catch the old one ; No wit, no help like a woman's by Thomas Middleton( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) was a writer of great versatility, and his career as a London dramatist spans the most productive, innovative, and exciting period of theatrical activity in the history of English drama. Best known for his tragedies, he also wrote many successful comedies of city life. This volume brings together four of the finest: A Mad World, My Masters, Michaelmas Term, A Trick to Catch the Old One, and No Wit, No Help Like a Woman's. The first three plays, written between 1604 and 1606, are witty and rambunctious satires on the predatory life of the aspiring London citizen. Sex and money are the characters' obsessions; their caustic exposure Middleton's. In the later play, No Wit (1612), satire shades into romance, prose into verse. Together the four plays reveal the range and exuberance of Middleton's writing for the comic stage
The white devil : a novel by Justin Evans( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Andrew Taylor is sent to the Harrow School, a British institution for privileged adolescents, he is spurned by nearly all of his peers, and becomes immersed in a two-hundred-year-old literary mystery when he finds a friend in the school's poet-in-residence
Four comedies by John Vanbrugh( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Court masques : Jacobean and Caroline entertainments, 1605-1640( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Tis pity she's a whore and other plays by John Ford( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ford wrote darkly about sexual and political passion, despair, thwarted ambition, and incest. This selection also shows his ability to portray the poignancy of love as well as write entertaining comedy and create convincing roles for women. His Annabella, Hippolita, Penthea, Calantha, and Katherine Gordon rank among the most dramatically powerful female characters on the post-Shakespearean stage. Setting Ford's earliest surviving independently written play, The Lover's Melancholy, alongside his three best-known works, this edition includes an introduction, with sections on each play addressing gender issues, modern relevance, and staging possibilities. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation, supplemented by detailed annotation
The admirable Crichton ; Peter Pan ; When Wendy grew up ; What every woman knows ; Mary Rose by J. M Barrie( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five of the English author's well-known plays collected in one volume. The admirable Crichton: When a wealthy family and its servants are shipwrecked and marooned on a desert island, only the butler has the skill and resourcefulness to keep everyone alive. Peter Pan: Peter Pan, a magical boy who will not grow up, takes Wendy, John, and Michael Darling away to live in Neverland. When Wendy grew up: Wendy, now married, is putting her daughter to bed when Peter Pan returns, unaware of how much time has passed since his last visit. What every woman knows: The Wylies, a well-to-do but uneducated Scottish family, are concerned about their daughter, Maggie, a plain young woman who they fear, will remain a spinster. One night the Wylies discover that a serious young university student, John Shand, has been breaking into their home so that he can read books from their large library. Shand is penniless and cannot afford to buy books for his law school education. Maggie Wylie and John Shand come to an understanding: that her family will fund his education if, at the end of five years, he agrees to marry her. Mary Rose: A woman mysteriously disappears from an island twice in her life, first as a child and then later as an adult. When she returns both times, she has no notion of having been gone and shows no sign of aging
The recruiting officer by George Farquhar( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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'
The admirable Chrichton ; Peter Pan ; When Wendy grew up ; What every woman knows ; Mary Rose by J. M Barrie( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rover ; The feigned courtesans ; The lucky chance ; The emperor of the moon by Aphra Behn( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The alchemist by Ben Jonson( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About the rivalry between an ambitious young ingenious and impetuous aging star who she supplants
A mad world, my masters by Thomas Middleton( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satire of London society at the turn of the 17th century
The school for scandal and other plays by Richard Brinsley Sheridan( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the title work which presents a satirical portrait of the world of gossip and backbiting; and includes two additional comic plays by eighteenth-century playwright Richard Sheridan
 
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English comedy
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The plays of Sir George EtheregeThe rivals ; The duenna ; A trip to Scarborough ; The school for scandal ; The criticPlayers, playwrights, playhouses : investigating performance, 1660-1800Four Restoration marriage playsThe beaux' stratagemLady Windermere's fan ; Salome ; A woman of no importance ; An ideal husband ; The importance of being earnestFour revenge tragediesA mad world, my masters ; Michaelmas term ; A trick to catch the old one ; No wit, no help like a woman's