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School for Scandal

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Title: School for Scandal
Author: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
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Sheridan's most successful play, The School for Scandal is a pointed satire against hypocrisy and scandal revolving around two brothers, Charles (honest) and Joseph (scheming), Maria, who is in love with Charles but is being wooed by Joseph for her money, and the sudden appearance of the wealthy uncle of the two brothers. Often considered the apex of English comedy.

Richly exploited comic situations, effervescent wit, and intricate plots combine to make Sheridan's work among the best of of all English comedy. The School for Scandal (1777) is his masterpiece, a brilliantly crafted comedy of contrasts in which brothers Joseph and Charles Surface contend for Maria, with hilariously differing intentions and results. Also a work of acute comic irony, The Rivals satirizes the romantic posturing of Lydia Languish while her disguised suitor Captain Absolute's resourceful contrivances advance an ever inventive and skilfully wrought plot. Included in this edition are the opera play The Duenna and the rarely printed musical play A Trip to Scarborough, adapted from Vanbrugh's The Relapse. Sheridan's last play, The Critic, is an exuberant parody of the modish tragic drama of the day. Lampooning Sir Fretful Plagiary's absurdly bombastic historical drama during its confused stages of production, its satire never fails to delight.

Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Publication date: 30/10/1998
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781854594204
Publishing status: AU Dropshipping
School for Scandal