Wycherley's comedy of marriage and infidelity is accompanied by a new introduction which illuminates matters of language and of dramatic and theatrical artistry for readers, theatre-goers and play-makers. The Country Wife is shown to surpass much Restoration comedy in structural and thematic unity by counterpointing the principals' attitudes on sex and marriage. Although the plot is episodic and portrays multiple sets of lovers, Wycherley succeeds in evolving a 'clear dramatic line.
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Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended, and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will include writing in English from various genres and differing times.The Country Wife by William Wycherley is edited by Ken Bush, Denefield School, ReadingAbout the Author:
William Wycherley (1640 1715) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period.
Editor James Ogden was formerly a lecturer in the Department of English in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is also the editor of the New Mermaids edition of She Stoops to Conquer.
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