Eighteenth-Century English Drama Author:Joseph Wood Krutch In eighteenth-century England, two currents of dramatic art were merged. One was the pointed wit and polished comedy of manners that was the heritage of the Restoration. The other was the warm humanity and genial good humor demanded by the growing middle-class audience. In the hands of lesser talents, this combination resulted in a sentimental, ... more »soon-forgotten genre of drama. But through the genius of men such as Gay, Goldsmith, Farquhar and Sheridan, it formed the basis of one of the golden ages of the theater. With an introduction and individual prefaces by Joseph Wood Krutch, as well as additional explanatory notes, here is a superlative modern edition of plays which have never ceased to delight whether on the stage or on the printed page.
Contains the following plays:
"The Fair Penitent" by Nicholas Rowe
"The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay
"The Beaux' Stratagem" by George Farquhar
"She Stoops to Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith
"The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
"The School for Scandal" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan« less