This new anthology provides seventeen key plays by twelve dramatists of the Restoration period in an anthology designed specifically for course use, with annotations and judiciously modernized texts. It offers a representative sampling of the types of play of the period, including plays by both men and women - sex comedy, moral comedy, heroic drama, Shakespearean adaptation and political history.
David Womersley has been a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford since 1984. He has published widely on English Literature from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. Previous publications include, Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1994), Gibbon: Bicentenary Essays (1997), Augustan Critical Writing (1997), The Transformation of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1988).
Introduction. A Note on The Text. 1. The Adventures of Five Hours. (1662) Sir Samuel Tuke. 2. The Great Favourite, or The Duke of Lerma. (1668) Sir Robert Howard. 3. The Conquest of Granada. (1670) John Dryden. 4. The Rehearsal. (1671) Buckingham. 5. The Country Wife. (1675) William Wycherley. 6. The Plain Dealer. (1676) William Wycherley. 7. The Man of Mode. (1676) Sir George Etherege. 8. The Rover. (1677) Aphra Behn. 9. All for Love. (1677) John Dryden. 10. Lucius Junicus Brutus. (1680) Nathaniel Lee. 11. Venice Preserved. (1682) Thomas Otway. 12. Love for Love. (1695) William Congreve. 13. Love's Last Shift. (1696) Colley Cibber. 14. The Relapse. (1696) Sir John Vanbrugh. 15. The Way of the World. (1700) William Congreve. 16. The Recruiting Officer. (1706) George Farguhar. 17. The Beaux Stratagem. (1707) George Farquhar. 18. The Busie Body. (1709) Susannah Centlivre. Further Reading. Index.