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  • The Country Wife and Other Playsby William Wycherley; Peter Dixon

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 9.99

    Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humour, vivid characterization, and social criticism.Love in a Wood, a lively comedy of intrigue, established him as a brilliant new dramatist.The Gentleman Dancing-Master, in contras more...

  • The Criticism of Henry Fielding (Routledge Revivals)by Ioan Williams

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 48.95

    First published in 1970, this selection of Fielding?s criticism is an important contribution to our understanding of Fielding and his age. It directs considerable light upon Fielding?s own critical views, with regard both to his own works and to eighteenth-century life and literature at large. The volume includes many of Fielding?s well-known and important... more...

  • David Garrick and the Development of English Comedyby Alan Swanson

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2012; US$ 169.95

    David Garrick was an assiduous reader and collector of older English, and to some extent French plays and we can see him looking backwards, searching out and buying extant play collections offered for sale. Some of these plays he remodeled and imitated for his company. Looking forward, beyond him, we can see that his work was in turn admired, read,... more...

  • The Debt to Pleasureby John Wilmott (Earl of Rochester); John Adlard

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 8.72

    Rochester, incontestably the greatest of the Restoration poets and reprobates, is presented in The Debt to Pleasure both in his own words and the words of those who loved or loathed him. The book is a mosaic in which the poet's voice and the voice of his age sound with a startling, ribald and riotous clarity. As John Evelyn recalls: 'Mr Andrew Marvell... more...

  • The Delicate Distressby Elizabeth Griffith

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Actress, playwright, and novelist, Elizabeth Griffith (1727-1793) won fame in England with the publication in 1757 of the first two volumes of Letters Between Henry and Frances , letters from her own courtship with Richard Griffith whom she secretly married in 1751. Her first novel, The Delicate Distress (1769), focuses on the problems women... more...

  • Divided Fictionsby Kristina Straub

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Today Fanny Burney's venture into authorship would not be questionable. She was, after all, a daughter of a celebrated musician, and the Burney family was know to the circle of Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale. Yet as Kristina Straub ably shows, the public recognition which followed the publication of her first novel placed Fanny Burney in a situation... more...

  • Domestick Privaciesby David Wheeler; Lawrence Lipking; James Battersby; John Dussinger; Jim Gray; Catherine Parke; Stephen Fix; William Siebenschuh; Michael Stuprich

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Biography was Samuel Johnson's favorite among literary genres, and his Lives of the Poets is often regarded as the capstone of his career. The central place of biography in his oeuvre is explored in this collection of nine original essays by leading Johnson scholars. Varied in their focus and approach, the essays range from a philosophical overview... more...

  • Elizabeth Inchbald's Reputationby Ben P Robertson

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    Through an examination of her complete works and public response to them, Robertson gauges the extent of Inchbald's reputation as the dignified Mrs Inchbald, as well as providing a clear sense of what it meant to be a female Romantic writer. more...

  • Exactly My Own Lengthby Olivia McCannon

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 7.26

    Olivia McCannon's first collection explores life on the edge of possibility: in one moment the familiar is blown open, we plunge into the unknown. A chance meeting seals a lifetime; a girl leaps from a window, away from safety - she wanted to see what can happen'. From families improvising a living space in Cairo's City of the Dead, to a veteran of... more...

  • The Excursionby Frances Brooke; Paula R. Backscheider; Hope D. Cotton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Frances Brooke (1724-1789), journalist, translator, playwright, novelist, and even co-manager of a theater, was described as "perhaps the first female novel-writer who attained a perfect purity and polish of style." Today, Brooke is known primarily for The History of Emily Montague, one of the earliest novels about Canada, where she lived for a... more...