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Four Restoration Marriage Plays (Oxford World's Classics) by Thomas Otway,Nathaniel Lee,John Dryden,Thomas Southerne,Michael Cordner,Ronald Clayton
ISBN: 0192834479
ISBN13: 978-0192834478
Author: Thomas Otway,Nathaniel Lee,John Dryden,Thomas Southerne,Michael Cordner,Ronald Clayton
Book title: Four Restoration Marriage Plays (Oxford World's Classics)
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Pages: 500 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Language: English
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Category: Dramas & Plays

Marriage and its discontents lie at the heart of Restoration comedy. In all four of the great plays gathered here, a married woman confronts her would-be seducer. Each dramatist, however, totally reinterprets the situation. Thomas Otway's The Soldier's Fortune converts adultery into political revenge. Nathaniel Lee's The Princess of Cleves offers a potent and perplexing portrait of a libertine in action at the sixteenth-century French court. John Dryden's Amphitryon, set in ancient Thebes, retells the story in which Jupiter lures the virtuous Alcmena into cuckolding her husband by a stratagem that throws into doubt the very nature of human identity. Thomas Southerne's The Wives' Excuse reinvents, for the new circumstances of the 1690s, the familiar Restoration plot of a wife spurred towards infidelity by her partner's failings. All of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation.

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