This moment variation builds on its predecessor’s strengths via including a 6th play, Aphra Behn’s The Rover, a comedy that has essentially come into prominence in fresh years.

The performs are totally annotated for the trendy reader and are observed by way of six illustrations. The shut courting among theater and society throughout the interval is still the focal point of “Contexts.” The editor bargains modern discussions of the next themes: “On Wit, Humour, and Laughter: 1660–1775,” “The Collier Controversy: 1698,” “Steele and Dennis: On the fellow of Mode and The unsleeping Lovers,” and “Stages, Actors, and Audiences.” “Criticism” has been revised to mirror techniques in scholarly interpretations. seminal essays from the 1st version were retained―Charles Lamb’s appreciation of the period’s comedy and L. C. Knights’s condemnation of it. New essays by means of Jocelyn Powell, Harriet Hawkins, Elin Diamond, Martin expense, and Laura Brown were additional. Illustrated

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