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The Plays of George Etherege (Plays by Renaissance and Restoration Dramatists)

Edited by Michael Cordner

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ISBN 10: 0521246547 / ISBN 13: 9780521246545
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1982
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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5 x 8 1/2 inches. xix, 341 pages. Condition of the book is Near Fine; Looks new on all points. Dust jacket is Very Good; Brown color faded on spine. Drama RGR. Bookseller Inventory # 24171

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Title: The Plays of George Etherege (Plays by ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First edition.

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Even among the richly talented generation who wrote for the stage during the Restoration, Etherege was, from the start, considered to be a very special kind of innovator. His first play, The Comical Revenge (1664), with its partisan portrait of the Cavalier gentry during the last years of the Revolution and its bravura interweaving of four separate plots, deftly caught an early Restoration mood and enjoyed great popularity. Its successor, She Would if She Could (1668), marks a deliberate change in direction. Audiences, expecting a sequel more akin to The Comical Revenge, were at first faltering in their response, but by 1671 Thomas Shadwell was confidently calling it the best comedy to have been written since the return of the king in 1660. Etherege's masterpiece, however, is his last play, The Man of Mode (1676), which in clarity of vision and freshness of detail surpasses both its predecessors and in the early years of the eighteenth century became a central text in the debate about the worth of Restoration comedy. This edition includes annotated texts of all three plays, prefaced by an account of Etherege's life and the reception of his plays on the stage and in criticism.

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Even among the richly talented generation who wrote for the stage during the Restoration, Etherege was, from the start, considered to be a very special kind of innovator. This edition includes annotated texts of all three plays, prefaced by an account of Etherege's life and the reception of his plays on the stage and in criticism.

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