The Country Wife and Other Plays (The World"s Classics) by William Wycherley

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  • Drama texts: 16th to 18th centuries,
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ContributionsPeter Dixon (Editor)
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FormatHardcover
Number of Pages464
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9589617M
ISBN 100198121601
ISBN 109780198121602
OCLC/WorldCa231666293

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William Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humor, vivid characterization, and social criticism. This edition includes Love in a Wood, The Gentleman Dancing-Master, The Country Wife, and The Plain texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation/5.

William Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humor, vivid characterization, and social criticism. This edition includes Love in a Wood, The Gentleman Dancing-Master, The Country Wife, and The Plain texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation/5(8).

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The Plain Dealer, a powerful dramatic satire loosely based on Moliere's Le Misanthrope, continues and enlarges Wycherley's assault on greed and corruption. The Country Wife and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) William Wycherley.

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Inhowever, bluenose killjoys at last convinced the public that the play was completely unacceptable and successfully banned it from the s: 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. Harry Horner, a notorious womanizer, spreads a rumor that he has contracted venereal disease and that, while being treated for this by a French surgeon, he has accidentally been made persuades his doctor, a Quack, to spread this story all over town, hoping that gullible men will leave their wives, sisters, and daughters with Horner without suspicion that he might.

The Country-Wife, comedy of manners in five acts by Restoration dramatist William Wycherley, performed and published in It satirizes the sexual duplicity of the aristocracy during the reign of Charles II.

Popular for its lively characters and its double entendres, the bawdy comedy was occasionally vilified for immorality. The Country Wife: Full Text and Introduction (NHB Drama Classics) - Kindle edition by Wycherley, William, Griffiths, Trevor.

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Full of banter and repartee, it is fun to read, but the play is most. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Country Wife, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.

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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 Reviews: The Country Wife is face-paced, Restoration comedy that focuses on adult drama and is a controversial play that criticizes society and turns it into a satire.

The translated version by James Ogden offers a detailed introduction that helps the reader see it in its original context/5(7). The Country Wife, based on a compilation of Molière’s The School for Husbands (), The School for Wives (), and Terence’s The Eunuch ( BCE), is about marriage, infidelity, and male friendship.

Harry Horner, an infamous womanizer, enlists his doctor to spread the false rumor that Horner has become impotent to convince other men to. The texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. The Country Wife and Other Plays - William Wycherley - Oxford University Press This edition includes Love in a Wood, The Gentleman Dancing-Master, The Country Wife, and The Plain Dealer.

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 is an example of Restoration comedy, or a Comedy of Manners.

The term Restoration Comedy refers to comedies produced during the reign of Charles II, from to These comedies usually involve complex love triangles, mistaken identities, sexual jokes, references to contemporary figures, witty social critique, and a celebration of courtly life.

: a country wife. Skip to main content. Try Prime All Go Search EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists. The resourceful hero of "The Country Wife" is Horner, the scourge of stupid husbands and the hope of unhappy wives.

Through a single simple ruse Horner helps one woman after another settle accounts with a foolish spouse.

Margery, the country wife, upsets his plans when she learns the manners of the city and begins to apply them herself. Large Format for easy reading. Highly popular and influential in the development of Elizabethan drama, it established a new genre in English theatre; the revenge play.

Mrs. Millwood is beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious, but London gives her no means. The Country Wife is a Restoration comedy by English dramatist William Wycherley. Like many Restoration comedies, it held an aristocratic and anti-Puritan ideology, and met with controversy due to its politics and its sexual explicitness.

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From January Odets' socially relevant dramas were. The cosmopolitan Mr. Pincher married his homely, country Wife so that to avoid all the infidelity, extravagance, and impertinence associated with the stereotypical city Wife. Pincher has to resort to keeping Margery as a prisoner in her own home.

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Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Country Wife and Other Plays, William Wycherley, Peter Dixon, Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humour, vivid. 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. Considered too obscene to be staged in its original form for nearly years, William Wycherley's bawdy comedy tells the tale of Mr Horner - a notorious rake who spreads the false rumour that he is impotent in order to gain free access to other men's.

The Plain Dealer is a Restoration comedy by William Wycherley, first performed on 11 December The play is based on Molière's Le Misanthrope, and is generally considered Wycherley's finest work along with The Country Wife. The play was highly praised by John Dryden and John Dennis, though it was equally condemned for its obscenity by many.

Throughout the. 'Cuckolds like lovers should themselves deceive'So concludes one of Wycherley's most revived and much discussed plays. It is a satirical comedy sharply focussed on the follies, vices and hypocrisies of Restoration London through its central characters: the desperate Pinchwife; his naive wife; the sex-obsessed Horner and Lady Fidget's 'virtuous gang' of town.

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The Country Wife has been periodically vilified for its immorality but remains ever popular for its lively characters, witty double entendres, and sophisticated drama.

Originally performed and published inthis five-act play parodies the vices and hypocrisies of Restoration London. An illustration of an open book. Books. An illustration of two cells of a film strip. William Wycherley’s The Country Wife is a lively and riotous exploration of courtly and city life in the seventeenth century, which was rife with unremitting sexual intrigue and conquest.

For the basis of his plot, Wycherley here borrows heavily from the. The Country Wife is a classically bawdy Restoration Comedy. The aptly named Horner is pretending to be a eunuch in order to gain access to women under their husbands' noses.

Pinchwife has recently married an innocent country girl, who immediately falls for Horner. Pinchwife's plans to stop any liaison go badly s: Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio (a disciple of Boccaccio's), first published in The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his.

The Country Wife is a Restoration comedy written in by William Wycherley.A product of the tolerant early Restoration period, the play reflects an aristocratic and anti-Puritan ideology, and was controversial for its sexual explicitness even in its own time. The title itself contains a lewd pun. It is based on several plays by Molière, with added features that s London .Pray, dine with me and play at Cards with my Wife after dinner.

You are fit for Women at that game yet hah, ha! (Aside) 'Tis a Husband‟s prudence to provide innocent diversion for a Wife .Horner is confused but plays along with Pinchwife’s belief that Margery’s letter is abusive and unkind.

Pinchwife thinks that Horner is making light of the situation and begins to threaten him. He reveals that it was not a young man that Horner kissed the night before but his wife.

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