Country Wife and Other Plays

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Drama - 485 pages
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Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humour, vivid characterization, and social criticism.Love in a Wood, a lively comedy of intrigue, established him as a brilliant new dramatist.The Gentleman Dancing-Master, in contrast, disappointed contemporary audiences,but the central relationship between Hippolyta and Gerrard features an original and sympathetic study of a young woman's attitudes and feelings. The Country Wife is a sharp but also highly amusing attack on social and sexual hypocrisy. The Plain Dealer, a powerful dramatic satire loosely based onMoliere's Le Misanthrope, continues and enlarges Wycherley's assault on greed and corruption.Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction, a note on staging, and detailed annotation.
 

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Contents

THE GENTLEMAN DANCINGMASTER
97
THE COUNTRY WIFE
191
THE PLAIN DEALER
283
Explanatory Notes
400
Glossary
467
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Peter Dixon, now retired, was formerly Chair of English at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He has also edited Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer in World's Classics.

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