Four Restoration Libertine Plays

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Deborah Payne Fisk
OUP Oxford, Apr 14, 2005 - Drama - 468 pages
Thomas Shadwell, The Libertine * George Etherege, The Man of Mode * Thomas Durfey, A Fond Husband * Thomas Otway, Friendship in Fashion These four plays in the Oxford English Drama series capture the range of responses to the fashionable and daring libertine movement in the second half of the seventeenth century. A Fond Husband and Friendship in Fashion are lesser-known comic gems of the Restoration stage; The Man of Mode is Etherege's masterpiece, and The Libertine is Shadwell's experimental and dark version of the Don Juan story. The texts are freshly edited using modern spelling. There is a critical introduction, wide-ranging annotation, and an informative bibliography which together illuminate the plays' cultural context and theatrical potential for reader and performer alike. 'The series should shape the canon in a number of significant areas. A splendid and imaginative project.' Professor Anne Barton, Cambridge University
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
xi
Note on the Texts
xlv
The Restoration Playhouse
xlviii
Select Bibliography
li
A Chronology of Libertine Plays
liv
THE LIBERTINE
1
THE MAN OF MODE OR SIR FOPLING FLUTTER
85
A FOND HUSBAND OR THE PLOTTING SISTERS
173
FRIENDSHIP IN FASHION
247
Explanatory Notes
331
Glossary
408
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