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Four Great Comedies of the Restoration and 18th Century
Four Great Comedies of the Restoration and 18th Century
Author: Brooks Atkinson
ISBN: 3262
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Copyright 1958, 321 pages. Contains the plays:

The Country Wife (1673) / William Wycherley
The Way of the World (1700) / William Congreve
She Stoops to Conquer; or, The Mistakes of a Night (1773) / Oliver Goldsmith
The School for Scandal(1777) / Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Restoration Comedy reflects the age it grew up in, an age so preoccupied with rules of polite behavior that it even had rules for the polite breaking of rules. Here are four great plays, comedies peopled with gallants and cuckolds, coquettes and fading beauties, wits and gulls--all pitted against each other in intricately delicate schemes in a society where the only recognized sin was the sin of dullness.