The plays of William Wycherley

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Clarendon Press, Sep 20, 1979 - Drama - 543 pages

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Contents

Introduction
3
Text
117
Introduction
125
Textual Appendix
236
THE COUNTRTWIFE
241
Introduction
359
Textual Appendix f 10
364
INDEX
513
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About the author (1979)

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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