The Second Mrs Tanqueray

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Broadview Press, Sep 18, 2007 - Drama - 216 pages

The Second Mrs. Tanqueray was the theatrical sensation of the London stage in 1893. It established Pinero as the leading English dramatist of serious social issues, and created a star out of Mrs. Patrick Campbell in the title role. The play recounts the marriage of a “woman with a past” and how it fails because of the double standard of morality applied unequally and hypocritically by Victorian society to men and women.

This Broadview edition includes a thoroughly revised text based on the author’s manuscript, the prompt copy for the first production, and the published first edition; it also incorporates pertinent stage directions from the first production. The critical introduction examines all facets of the play and its production, and the appendices make accessible a wide variety of hard-to-find contemporary contextual materials related to the play.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
8
A Brief Chronology
50
A Note on the Text
58
A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS
59
Pinero on Drama
138
The Second Mrs TanquerayThe Golden Butterfly and the Albany
150
Social Background
158
Contemporary Reactions to The Second Mrs Tanqueray
178
Dramatic Techniques
203
Select Bibliography
208
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About the author (2007)

J.P. Wearing is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Arizona. He is the editor of The Collected Letters of Sir Arthur Pinero (1974) and has published widely on nineteenth-century drama.

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