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William Wycherley and the comedy of fear

Author: John A Vance
Publisher: Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2000.
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"This is a study of the four plays of William Wycherley - long considered one of England's most important playwrights especially of the theatrically rich Restoration period, 1660-1700. The subject of many a study by the period's leading scholars, Wycherley has been perceived as a vigorous satirist, setting out "quite openly to teach his audience" about a multitude of personal and social sins." "This study takes  Read more...
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Vance, John A., 1947-
William Wycherley and the comedy of fear.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2000
(OCoLC)606320055
Named Person: William Wycherley; William Wycherley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Vance
ISBN: 087413708X 9780874137088
OCLC Number: 43060650
Description: 259 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "Tis less to undergo the ill, then fear" --
1. Into the Labyrinth: Love in a Wood --
2. On the Edge of Discovery: The Gentleman Dancing-Master --
3. "Plagues and Torments": The Country Wife --
4. "Surrounded with so many fears and griefs": The Plain-Dealer --
5. Conclusions: "More Fears, Plagues and Torments Yet in Store!"
Responsibility: John A. Vance.

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"This is a study of the four plays of William Wycherley - long considered one of England's most important playwrights especially of the theatrically rich Restoration period, 1660-1700. The subject of many a study by the period's leading scholars, Wycherley has been perceived as a vigorous satirist, setting out "quite openly to teach his audience" about a multitude of personal and social sins." "This study takes issue with such impressions. It argues that Wycherley was not so much an attacking playwright but rather a thinking one - little concerned with larger social, political, and moral matters but one fascinated instead by the workings and motivations of fallible and insecure men and women - by that which is constant, pervasive and obsessive."--BOOK JACKET.

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