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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-.

About this title


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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