The Works of William Congreve: 3 Volume Set

Paperback | May 7, 2011

EditorD. F. Mckenzie

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The late D. F. McKenzie worked on this comprehensive edition of the works of the playwright, poet, librettist, and novelist William Congreve for more than twenty years, until his sudden death in 1999. This was a task he had taken over from Herbert Davis, to whom this edition is dedicated.During that time McKenzie uncovered new verse and letters, collated Congreve's texts, recorded their complicated textual history, constructed appendices that shed light on the dramatic context in which Congreve worked, and examined how his contemporaries received Congreve's work. More importantly,McKenzie has convincingly re-evaluated Congreve's works and life to transform our image of the man and his reputation. McKenzie here follows the editorial practice suggested in two early editions of the Works published by Congreve's friend, the bookseller Jacob Tonson, in 1710 and 1719. These three volumes follow a plan similar to that in the Tonson edition, with The Old Batchelor, The Double-Dealer, and Love forLove collected in the first, a central volume with The Way of the World, and a final volume with Congreve's novel Incognita, some of his prose works, letters, and later verse. In each case, Congreve's work is left to speak for itself, unencumbered by intrusive notes, textual apparatus, orcollations, which are gathered instead near the end of each volume. This edition will be an invaluable resource for scholars for many years to come. It is a monument to McKenzie's own scholarship as well as to the integrity of William Congreve.

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The late D. F. McKenzie worked on this comprehensive edition of the works of the playwright, poet, librettist, and novelist William Congreve for more than twenty years, until his sudden death in 1999. This was a task he had taken over from Herbert Davis, to whom this edition is dedicated.During that time McKenzie uncovered new verse an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:2272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 5.87 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Volume ICongreve's PrefacePlays: The Old Batchelor, The Double-Dealer, and Love for LoveMusic: The Old Batchelor, The Double-Dealer, and Love for LoveCommentary:The Old Batchelor, The Double-Dealer, and Love for LoveRobert D. Hume and Judith Milhous: Early PerformersAcknowledgementsTextual IntroductionNote on this EditionEarly Editions and Variant Readings: The Old Batchelor, The Double-Dealer, and Love for LoveAbbreviations and Works Frequently CitedVolume IIPlays, Masque, Opera: The Mourning Bride, The Way of the World, The Judgment of Paris, SemelePoems: Poems upon several Occasions, Songs from Plays, Miscellaneous PoemsMusic: The Mourning Bride, The Way of the World, The Judgment of Paris, Semele, and the SongsCommentary: The Mourning Bride, The Way of the World, The Judgment of Paris, Semele, Poems upon several Occasions, Songs from Plays, Miscellaneous PoemsEarly Editions and Variant Readings: The Mourning Bride, The Way of the World, The Judgment of Paris, Semele, Poems upon several OccasionsAbbreviations and Works Frequently CitedVolume IIIProse Writings: Incognita: Or, Love and duty Reconcil'd, Concerning Humour in Comedy, Amendments of Mr. Collier's False and Imperfect Citations, andc., Tatler 292, Dedication of Dryden's Dramatick Works, The Game of Quadrille. An AllegoryLettersCommentary: Prose Writings, LettersEarly Editions and Variant Readings: Prose Writings, LettersAttributionsBiographical SummaryAllusionsCongreve's LibraryAn Iconographical ChecklistAbbreviations and Works Frequently Cited