The country wife

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University of Nebraska Press, 1965 - Drama - 153 pages
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The resourceful hero of The Country Wife is Horner, the scourge of stupid husbands and the hope of unhappy wives. Through a single simple ruse Horner helps one woman after another settle accounts with a foolish spouse. Margery, the country wife, upsets his plans when she learns the manners of the city and begins to apply them herself.

The Regents Restoration Drama text is based on the first edition of 1675, the last edition to enjoy Wycherley’s attention. By the time the second edition appeared he was in prison for debt, having enjoyed too much of his success at the royal court.

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I particularly love the Mr. and Mrs. Pinchwife plot. - Goodreads
Too hard to read...not funny enough. - Goodreads
The plot is severely hindered by its characters. - Goodreads

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currently doing an essay on it for my uni drama course, after researching the time it was written, you can understand the buzz it generates. Read full review

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User Review  - Jude Smith - Goodreads

I had to read this book for a Brit Lit course in college, and I am glad for it. This play is pure comedy. If you like absurd-ism and 19th century, it is an instant recommendation. For everyone else, it will be less enjoyable. Read full review

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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 from a comedy by Terence, Horner pretends that he is impotent in order to have his way with the ladies, but his success does little to please him. The play demonstrates curious contrasts between truth-speakers and feigners, neither of which can be classified as entirely good or bad. Wycherley's other comedies are Love in a Wood (1671) and The Gentleman Dancing Master (1673).

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