The Country Wife

ISBN: 9781408179895 Categorii: Diverse. An apariție: 2014 Autor: William Wycherley, Tiffany Stern Editură: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 200 Stoc: Stoc limitat

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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 naive 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, 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.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
William Wycherley, Tiffany Stern
Data Publicarii
2014
Editura
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Inaltime
21.5
Latime
13.8
Grosime
1.2
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
200
Isbn 13
9781408179895
Cod
9781408179895
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