First Modern Comedies 1959 Norman N. Holland
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First Modern Comedies 1959 Norman N Holland, 1967 edition

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In First Modern Comedies: The Significance of Etherege, Wycherley, and Congreve, first published in 1959, Norman H. Holland provides an analysis of 11 comic dramas by Restoration playwrights George Etherege, William Wycherley and William Congreve in terms of plot, character and language.

This paperback is the 1967 Midland Book edition.

  • The plays discussed*:
    • The Comical Revenge
    • She Wou'd If She Cou'd
    • Love in a Wood
    • The Gentleman Dancing-Master
    • The Country Wife
    • The Man of Mode
    • The Plain-Dealer
    • The Old Batchelor
    • The Double-Dealer
    • Love for Love
    • The Way of the World

This collectible, hard to find paperback edition of the now rare book is in good vintage condition. The green and gold binding is very firm, and without marks or tears. There is some shelf wear and foxing, and the pages are slightly browning with age. The book measures 5 inches by 7 3/4 inches by 3/4 inch and has 274 pages.

*Please note: This book offers critical analysis of each play; except for exemplary quotations, it does not include texts of the plays.

Why, Holland asks, are these the first "modern" comedies? To this presentation he provides (1) persuasive evidence that these plays should be called "the first modern comedies" and (2) adds instructive discussions of the 17th century milieu.

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