The Development of English Drama in the Late Seventeenth Century (Clarendon Paperbacks)

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This highly acclaimed full-scale account of Restoration drama vividly chronicles the drama's changing patterns decade-by-decade from 1660 to 1710. Providing a detailed, chronological survey of some five hundred plays, Hume traces the emergence of numerous dramatic modes, studies their interaction and mutual influence, and fully explores the diversity of the plays as they reflect the fads and fashions of a small, highly competitive theater world constantly undergoing political and social change.

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`The scope and sympathy of Professor Hume's study make it the most important book on Restoration drama to have appeared in our century ... Professor Hume's central concern... was to give a concrete and detailed picture of the Restoration dramatic tradition as it existed historically and to examine the ways in which it was experienced by the theatre-goers of four reigns. In this he is triumphantly successful.' Harold Love, Modern Language Review `a comprehensive survey of critical history as well as of the plays of fifty years. It is well-expressed, well-constructed, authoritative, and indispensable.' T. W. Craik, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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