The Man of Mode

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A&C Black, Oct 22, 2007 - Drama - 164 pages
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Verbal brilliance, urbane sophistication and sexual conquest are the measures of success for the fashionable set who watched themselves being represented on the Restoration stage. Yet idealization and satire, as this edition of Etherege's masterpiece shows, are flip sides of the same coin, and the play betrays deep anxieties about ridicule and social failure. Any London beau would emulate Dorimant, the unconscionable rake who loves 'em and leaves 'em, but he would also secretly fear that he in fact resembled Sir Fopling Flutter, the model of all Restoration fops, in his vanity and affectation. The women fare no better, being offered for identification Dorimant's discarded mistress Loveit, scheming for revenge, or the beautiful but hard-headed Harriet, who dares Dorimant to woo her in the country, for 'I know all beyond Hyde Park is a desert to you and that no gallantry can draw you farther'.

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The main character, Dorimant, successfully juggles various lovers, while finding himself attracted to a female version of himself - one who can match wits with him. I didn't find Dorimant very ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

John Barnard is Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds. His

research interests are in Restoration literature, Keats and the second

generation Romantics, textual criticism, and book history. Recent

publications include The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume IV 1557-1695 (2002).

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