The Plays of William Wycherley by Peter HollandThe Plays of William Wycherley by Peter Holland

The Plays of William Wycherley

byPeter Holland


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`Mr Wycherley is universally allowed the first place among the English comic poets who have writ since Ben Jonson. His Plain-Dealer is the best comedy that ever was composed in any language.' Yet in spite of the extreme praise many of his contemporaries accorded to his work, William Wycherley (1641-1715) is now only remembered for one play, The Country Wife. Even though The Country Wife is frequently performed by both amateur and professional companies (including a production at the National Theatre in 1977), Wycherley's three other plays, Love in a Wood, The Gentleman Dancing-Master and The Plain-Dealer, are rarely read and even more rarely performed. But Wycherley's satire is as sharp now as ever and his revelation of the follies and crimes of his society is still both wickedly funny and savagely perceptive.
Wycherley is best known for his dark comedy, which is strong, ironic, and complex. The character of Manly in The Plain Dealer (1677) was taken to be a portrait of the author, although Manly is clearly based on Alceste in Moliere's Misanthrope. The Country Wife (1675), Wycherley's most popular play, has a cynical vitality. Taking a hint...
Title:The Plays of William WycherleyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.27 × 4.57 × 1.14 inPublisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521298806

ISBN - 13:9780521298803

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Table of Contents

1. Love in a Wood; 2. The Gentleman Dancing-Master; 3. The Country Wife; 4. The Plain-Dealer.