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The Recruiting Officer (New Mermaids)

George Farquhar

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ISBN 10: 0713633492 / ISBN 13: 9780713633498
Published by Methuen Drama, 2008
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Recruiting Officer (New Mermaids)

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 0002-.

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Synopsis:

Farquhar's last two plays, The Recruiting Officer and The Beaux'
Stratagem, have been called 'the last worthwhile comedies of the
Restoration tradition'. Written during Farquhar's stint in Shrewsbury
as part of a recruiting mission in 1704-5, The Recruiting Officer is a
buoyant, whimsical piece stocked by a fairly conventional cast of
characters: the rake-hero and his spirited lady (who dons breeches in
the course of the action), his sober friend and the heroine's serious
friend, the buffoon/coxcomb and his ill-fated amorous or heroic
ventures. What makes the play entertaining is Farquhar's light, humane
touch; what makes it original is his depiction of a real-life
provincial town and the impact that ongoing warfare (in this case the
War of the Spanish Succession) had on its civilian society.

About the Author:

The editor, Tiffany Stern, is Professor of Early Modern Drama at Oxford University. She is a General Editor of the New Mermaid Series, and is author of Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (2000), Making Shakespeare (2004), Shakespeare in Parts (co-written with Simon Palfrey, 2007), and Documents of Performance in Early Modern England (2009).

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