The Plays of George Etherege by Michael CordnerThe Plays of George Etherege by Michael Cordner

The Plays of George Etherege

byMichael Cordner

Paperback | November 30, 1982

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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.
George Etherege helped to develop the comedy of manners, or society comedy, in which the brilliant world of wits and fops is both portrayed and satirized. In his best-known comedy, The Man of Mode (1676), Dorimant, the central character, is hardly a model for how the young man about town should behave. Etherege is a cool observer of ma...
Title:The Plays of George EtheregeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 8.27 × 4.61 × 0.83 inPublished:November 30, 1982Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521288797

ISBN - 13:9780521288798

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Comical Revenge, or Love in a Tub; Introductory note; Text; She Would if She Could; Introductory note; Text; The Man of Mode, or Sir Fopling Flutter; Introductory note; Text; Additional notes.