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Four Restoration Marriage Plays: "Soldier's Fortune", "Princess of Cleves", "Amphitryon", "Wives' Excuse" by Thomas Otway

Four Restoration Marriage Plays: "Soldier's Fortune", "Princess of Cleves", "Amphitryon", "Wives' Excuse" by Thomas Otway

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Marriage and its discontents lie at the heart of Restoration comedy. In all four of the plays collected here, a married woman confronts her would-be seducer. Each dramatist, however, totally reinterprets that situation. The plays are from Dryden, Otway, Lee and Southerne.

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Marriage and its discontents lie at the heart of Restoration comedy. In all four of the great plays gathered here for the first time, a married woman confronts her would-be seducer. Each dramatist, however, totally reinterprets that 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 which throws into doubt the 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. Rich, diverse, and inventive, these plays demonstrate the intensity and vigour with which the institution of marriage was interrogated in the post-1660 playhouses. The texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation.

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SKU GOR001208338
Title Four Restoration Marriage Plays: "Soldier's Fortune", "Princess of Cleves", "Amphitryon", "Wives' Excuse"
Author By (author) Thomas Otway
Contributor By (author) Nathaniel Lee
Condition GOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year Published 1998
Page Number 500
ISBN 0192834479
ISBN13 9780192834478
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