The Plays of William Wycherley

The Plays of William Wycherley

Book - 1981
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`Mr Wycherley is universally allowed the first place among the English comic poets who have writ since Ben Jonson. His Plain-Dealer is the best comedy that ever was composed in any language.' Yet in spite of the extreme praise many of his contemporaries accorded to his work, William Wycherley (1641-1715) is now only remembered for one play, The Country Wife. Even though The Country Wife is frequently performed by both amateur and professional companies (including a production at the National Theatre in 1977), Wycherley's three other plays, Love in a Wood, The Gentleman Dancing-Master and The Plain-Dealer, are rarely read and even more rarely performed. But Wycherley's satire is as sharp now as ever and his revelation of the follies and crimes of his society is still both wickedly funny and savagely perceptive.
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1981
ISBN: 9780521298803
0521298806
9780521232500
0521232503
Branch Call Number: 822 W9715a6
Characteristics: xvi, 492 p. ; 22 cm
Contents: Love in a wood.
The gentleman dancing-master.
The country wife.
The plain-dealer
Additional Contributors: Holland, Peter 1951-

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