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Sheridan Studies

Mark S. Auburn, Richard C. Taylor, Eric Rump, James Morwood, David Crane, Jack D. Durant, Christopher Reid, Christopher Clayton, Marc Baer, Peter Wood
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034395

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  • This book is a systematic attempt to establish Sheridan as a major figure in the history of English comedy. Leading scholars address Sheridan's role not only as an outstanding playwright, but also as the manager of Drury Lane Theatre, and his subsequent career as a Member of Parliament. The essays examine the theatrical world in which Sheridan worked, discuss his major plays, and include a modern director's observations on the production of his work today. This is combined with an important re-evaluation of Sheridan's achievements as a master of rhetoric in the political arena, to provide a much needed contemporary assessment of this multifaceted man and his work.

    • A systematic attempt to establish Sheridan as a major figure in the history of English comedy
    • Reassessment of Sheridan from a political and historical, as well as a literary perspective
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034395
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.333kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Some dates in Sheridan's life
    Introduction
    1. Theatre in the age of Garrick and Sheridan Mark S. Auburn
    2. 'Future retrospection': rereading Sheridan's reviewers Richard C. Taylor
    3. Sheridan, Congreve and The School for Scandal Eric Rump
    4. Sheridan, Molière and the idea of the school in The School for Scandal James Morwood
    5. Satire and celebration in The Critic David Crane
    6. Sheridan and language Jack D. Durant
    7. Foiling the rival: argument and identity in Sheridan's speeches Christopher Reid
    8. The political career of Richard Brinsley Sheridan Christopher Clayton
    9. The ruin of a public man: the rise and fall of Richard Brinsley Sheridan as political reformer Marc Baer
    10. On producing Sheridan Peter Wood
    Select bibliography
    Alphabetical list of plays mentioned
    Index.

  • Editors

    James Morwood, Harrow School

    David Crane, University of Wales, Lampeter

    Contributors

    Mark S. Auburn, Richard C. Taylor, Eric Rump, James Morwood, David Crane, Jack D. Durant, Christopher Reid, Christopher Clayton, Marc Baer, Peter Wood

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