The School for Scandal and Other Plays

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Oxford University Press, 2008. 6. 12. - 496페이지
Richly exploited comic situations, effervescent wit, and intricate plots combine to make Sheridan's work among the best of of all English comedy. The School for Scandal (1777) is his masterpiece, a brilliantly crafted comedy of contrasts in which brothers Joseph and Charles Surface contend for Maria, with hilariously differing intentions and results. Also a work of acute comic irony, The Rivals satirizes the romantic posturing of Lydia Languish while her disguised suitor Captain Absolute's resourceful contrivances advance an ever inventive and skilfully wrought plot. Included in this edition are the opera play The Duenna and the rarely printed musical play A Trip to Scarborough, adapted from Vanbrugh's The Relapse. Sheridan's last play, The Critic, is an exuberant parody of the modish tragic drama of the day. Lampooning Sir Fretful Plagiary's absurdly bombastic historical drama during its confused stages of production, its satire never fails to delight. The texts of the plays have been newly edited by the General Editor of the Oxford World's Classics English Drama series. A fine introduction and notes on Sheridan's playhouses and critical inheritance make this an invaluable edition for study and performance alike. 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.

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Acknowledgements
vi
Introduction
vii
Note on the Text
xlvi
Sheridans Playhouses
xlviii
Select Bibliography
lii
A Chronology of Richard Brinsley Sheridan
lv
THE RIVALS
1
THE DUENNA
87
A TRIP TO SCARBOROUGH
145
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
203
THE CRITIC
289
Explanatory Notes
339
Glossary
429
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Michael Cordner is Professor of English in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York.

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