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Restoration and eighteenth-century comedy

Author: Scott McMillin
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©1997.
Series: Norton critical edition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
Presents authoritative texts of six Restoration and 18th century English comedies, accompanied by historical background and critical essays from past and present.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott McMillin
ISBN: 0393963349 9780393963342
OCLC Number: 33334396
Notes: "Authoritative texts of: The country wife, The man of mode, The rover, The way of the world, The conscious lovers, The school for scandal; contexts, criticism."
Description: xv, 628 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Texts of the plays --
The country wife / William Wycherley --
The man of mode / George Etherege --
The rover / Aphra Behn --
The way of the world / William Congreve --
The conscious lovers / Richard Steele --
The school for scandal / Richard Brinsley Sheridan --
Contexts --
On wit, humour, and laughter, 1650-1775 --
[On laughter], [On wit], [On power] / Thomas Hobbes --
Preface to An evening's love : or, the mock astrologer / John Dryden --
Concerning humour in comedy / William Congreve --
Epilogue to The lying lover ; The Tattler, no. 219 / Richard Steele --
The Spectator, No. 47 ; The Spectator, No. 62 / Joseph Addison --
An essay on the theater / Oliver Goldsmith --
The Collier controversy : 1698 --
A short view of the immorality and profaneness of the English stage / Jeremy Collier --
The usefulness of the stage / John Dennis --
Amendments of Mr. Collier's false and imperfect citations / William Congreve --
Steele and Dennis : on The man of Mode and The conscious lovers --
The Spectator, No. 65 ; The Theatre, No. 1 ; The Theatre, No. 3 / Richard Steele --
A defense of Sir Fopling Flutter ; Remarks on The conscious lovers / John Dennis --
Stages, actors, and audiences --
The theatrical world, 1600-1700 / Emmet L. Avery and Arthur H. Scouten --
The arrival of the actress / Elizabeth Howe --
The audience / Emmet L. Avery and Arthur H. Scouten --
[Scenery and lighting] / Charles Beecher Hogan --
Criticism --
On the artificial comedy of the last century / Charles Lamb --
Restoration Comedy : the reality and the myth / L.C. Knights --
[Visual rhythm in The country wife] / Jocelyn Powell --
[The man of mode] / Harriet Hawkins --
Gestus and signature in Aphra Behn's The rover / Elin Diamond --
[Form and wit in The way of the world] / Martin Price --
[The way of the world] / Laura Brown --
[Sentimentalism and social history] / Raymond Williams.
Series Title: Norton critical edition.
Responsibility: edited by Scott McMillin.


This Second Edition builds on its predecessor's strengths by adding a sixth play, Aphra Behn's The Rover, a comedy that has clearly come into prominence in recent years.  Read more...


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