Four Restoration Marriage Plays: The Soldier's Fortune; The Princess of Cleves; Amphitryon; The Wives' Excuse

May 1, 1998|
Four Restoration Marriage Plays: The Soldier's Fortune; The Princess of Cleves; Amphitryon; The Wives' Excuse by Thomas Otway
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Marriage and its discontents lie at the heart of Restoration comedy. In all four of the great plays gathered here for the first time, a married woman confronts her would-be seducer. Each dramatist, however, totally reinterprets that situation. Thomas Otway''s The Soldier''s Fortune converts adultery into political revenge. Nathaniel Lee''s The Princess of Cleves offers a potent and perplexing portrait of a libertine in action at the sixteenth century French court. John Dryden''s Amphitryon, set in ancient Thebes, retells the story in which Jupiter lures the virtuous Alcmena into cuckolding her husband by a stratagem which throws into doubt the nature of human identity. Thomas Southerne''s The Wives'' Excuse reinvents, for the new circumstances of the 1690s, the familiar Restoration plot of a wife spurred towards infidelity by her partner''s failings. Rich, diverse, and inventive, these plays demonstrate the intensity and vigour with which the institution of marriage was interrogated in the post-1660 playhouses. The texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation.
Michael Cordner, the General Editor of the new Drama titles in World''s Classics, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Englis and related Literature at the University of York.
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Title:Four Restoration Marriage Plays: The Soldier's Fortune; The Princess of Cleves; Amphitryon; The Wives' Excuse
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:500 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:500 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0 in
Published:May 1, 1998
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780192834478

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