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The Country Wife

Author : William Wycherley
ISBN : 9781408179901
Genre : Performing Arts
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'He's a fool that marries, but he's a greater fool that does not marry a fool.' This bawdy, hilarious, subversive and wickedly satirical drama pokes fun at the humourless, the jealous, and the adulterous alike. It features a country wife, Margery, whose husband believes she is too naïve to cuckold him; and an anti-hero, Horner, who pretends to be impotent in order to have unrestrained access to the women keen on 'the sport'. A number of licentious and hypocritical women request Horner's services – the country wife among them. The Country Wife has provoked powerfully mixed reactions over the years. The seventeenth century libertine king Charles II saw it twice, and is said to have joined the 'dance of the cuckolds' at the end of one performance; the eighteenth century actor-playwright David Garrick declared it 'the most licentious play in the English language'; the Victorian Macaulay compared it to a skunk, because it was 'too filthy to handle and too noisome even to approach'. Twentieth century productions heralded it a Restoration masterpiece. Sexually frank, and as ready to criticise marriage as infidelity, the virtuosity, linguistic energy, brilliant wit, naughtiness and complexity of this ribald play have made it a staple of the modern stage. This student edition contains a lengthy, entirely new introduction, by leading scholar, Tiffany Stern, with a background on the author, structure, characters, genre, themes, original staging and performance history, as well as an updated bibliography and a fully annotated version of the playtext.
Category: Performing Arts

The Country Wife And Other Plays

Author : William Wycherley
ISBN : 9780191611421
Genre : Drama
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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 on Moliere'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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Category: Drama

The Country Wife

Author : Tanika Gupta
ISBN : 9781849438117
Genre : Drama
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This new version of William Wycherley 's most famous classic, The Country Wife has been adapted by Tanika Gupta, one of the country 's leading playwrights. This contemporary farce tells the story of twenty-something friends and rivals on their journey through love and liberation. Following Hardeep 's return to London he begins broadcasting his newly invented celibate state in a bid to attract women keen to reignite his passion for them. With this deception more than successful his endeavours turn to the naive country wife, Preethi, Alok's virgin bride to settle unfinished business between old friends. A fast paced comedy laced with deception, disguise and lustful behaviour brought about by double standards, adultery and promiscuous living. Country Wife was performed at the Watford Palace theatre in October 2004
Category: Drama

The Country Wife

Author : William Wycherley
ISBN : OXFORD:N11706536
Genre : English drama (Comedy)
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Category: English drama (Comedy)

Restoration Comedies Discussion Of Love And Marriage

Author : Anke Werckmeister
ISBN : 9783656279662
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, Free University of Berlin (Institut für Englische Philologie), course: Restoration Comedies, language: English, abstract: Two Restoration Comedies that I want to discuss are William Wycherley’s The Country Wife (1675) and William Congreve’s Love for Love (1695). Both plays were written in a time when libertinism prevailed and male stereotypes like rakes and fops and female stereotypes like wives and virgins were popular. Needless to say, both plays not only deal with Restoration society but also with its problems, concerns, and difficulties at the time. And especially, Love for Love, which was written fairly at the end of the Restoration era, still is a conventional play in terms of being libertine-satirical but it already includes some features of sentimentalism. So it is not a postponement from libertinism to sentimentalism yet, but I want to argue in this essay that both plays are rather conventional libertine Restoration plays which include features of early sentimentalism.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Country Wife A Comedy Acted At The Theatre Royal Written By Mr Wycherley

Author : Wycherley William 1640-1716
ISBN : 0343390957
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The Country Wife

Author : Dorothy Van Doren
ISBN : UCAL:$B163160
Genre : Country life
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Category: Country life

The Country Wife

Author : David Garrick
ISBN : 3337069207
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The Country Wife - A Comedy is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1777. Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres. As a publisher we focus on the preservation of historical literature. Many works of historical writers and scientists are available today as antiques only. Hansebooks newly publishes these books and contributes to the preservation of literature which has become rare and historical knowledge for the future.

Love In A Wood The Gentleman Dancing Master The Country Wife The Plain Dealer

Author : William Wycherley
ISBN : UOM:39015038026103
Genre : Renaissance
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Wycherley's comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humour, and social criticism. This volume offers his complete dramatic works in a modern-spelling edition, with detailed annotation and a scholarly introduction.
Category: Renaissance