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Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy [Norton Critical Edition] (1973)

by Scott McMillin, William Congreve, George Etherege, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Richard Steele1 more, William Wycherley

Other authors: Joseph Addison (Contributor), Emmet L. Avery (Contributor), Jeremy Collier (Contributor), John Dennis (Contributor), Bonamy Dobree (Contributor)19 more, John Dryden (Contributor), Thomas H. Fujimura (Contributor), Oliver Goldsmith (Contributor), Thomas Hobbes (Contributor), Charles Beecher Hogan (Contributor), Norman N. Holland (Contributor), Hugh Hunt (Contributor), Francis Hutcheson (Contributor), L.C. Knights (Contributor), Louis Kronenberger (Contributor), Charles Lamb (Contributor), Allardyce Nicoll (Contributor), John Leslie Palmer (Contributor), Paul E. Parnell (Contributor), Jocelyn Powell (Contributor), Martin Price (Contributor), Arthur H. Scouten (Contributor), Raymond Williams (Contributor), Rose A. Zimbardo (Contributor)

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Mirabell and Fainall have just finished playing cards. A footman comes and tells Mirabell that Waitwell and Foible were married that morning. Mirabell tells Fainall about his love of Millamant and is encouraged to marry her. Witwoud and Petulant appear and Mirabell is informed that should Lady Wishfort marry, he will lose £6000 of Millamant's inheritance. He will only get this money if he can make Lady Wishfort consent to his and Millamant's marriage.… (more)
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Backgrounds: On Wit. After reading these short pieces by contemporary writers and critics, I felt like I had a better understanding of how comedic plays were written and judged - what was considered well done, and what was not. Backgrounds: The Collier Controversy. Comedic theater was obviously a hot topic, judging by the accusations and defenses posed by different contemporaries regarding the value or immorality of the theater. Backgrounds: Steele and Dennis. The amazing thing about these selections is that both men are convincing in their arguments and it is clear that competing philosophies regarding comedy on the stage are being fought for rigorously. Backgrounds: Stages, Actors ... This section gives a good overview of the more technical side of the theater - the actors, the stage sets, the theater itself. My only suggestion would be more pictures or drawings - I had a hard time picturing some of the things that were described. Criticism: From Lamb to the Present There's a wide range of views on these dramas. What is most enjoyable is seeing how some of these scholars are able to make connections and find meaning in things that on the surface don't seem to be connected. Some of the arguments are more convincing than others. Overall Impressions This volume definitely gives the reader a greater sense of both the cultural situation of the time when these dramas were written, as well as a more complete appreciation of the works included in this anthology. For reviews of the dramas themselves, see the works themselves. ( )
2 vote tjsjohanna | Oct 6, 2011 |
That's comedy meaning "funny as in big Puritan collars" and not "funny ha-ha."
  wenestvedt | Oct 27, 2005 |
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Scott McMillinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Congreve, Williammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Etherege, Georgemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheridan, Richard Brinsleymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Steele, Richardmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wycherley, Williammain authorall editionsconfirmed
Behn, Aphramain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Addison, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Avery, Emmet L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collier, JeremyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dennis, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dobree, BonamyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dryden, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fujimura, Thomas H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldsmith, OliverContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hobbes, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogan, Charles BeecherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holland, Norman N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunt, HughContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hutcheson, FrancisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knights, L.C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kronenberger, LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lamb, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicoll, AllardyceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmer, John LeslieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parnell, Paul E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, JocelynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Price, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scouten, Arthur H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, RaymondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zimbardo, Rose A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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The five plays in this volume are comedies about men and women who live in London, care for sex and money, and make fools of one another if not of themselves.
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Mirabell and Fainall have just finished playing cards. A footman comes and tells Mirabell that Waitwell and Foible were married that morning. Mirabell tells Fainall about his love of Millamant and is encouraged to marry her. Witwoud and Petulant appear and Mirabell is informed that should Lady Wishfort marry, he will lose £6000 of Millamant's inheritance. He will only get this money if he can make Lady Wishfort consent to his and Millamant's marriage.

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