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The School for Scandal
     

The School for Scandal

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by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Ann Blake (Editor)
 

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This classic comedy of manners portrays intrigue, gossip, and social climbing among the leisure class of 1770s London and explores the deceptive guises of society and fickle nature of reputations.

Middle-aged and a wealthy bachelor, Sir Peter Teazle marries a young and beautiful daughter of a country squire. The "School for Scandal" socialites fill their days

Overview

This classic comedy of manners portrays intrigue, gossip, and social climbing among the leisure class of 1770s London and explores the deceptive guises of society and fickle nature of reputations.

Middle-aged and a wealthy bachelor, Sir Peter Teazle marries a young and beautiful daughter of a country squire. The "School for Scandal" socialites fill their days with the dissemination of malicious gossip with the consequences of destroyed reputations and marriages held out as pure entertainment. Lady Teazle is welcomed to their circle by becoming the object of nasty rumors and suggestions of an adulterous affair.

Playwright Sheridan skewers the London elite in this clever farce as he reveals the hypocrisy behind the human tendency to gossip and deceive.

The play was an enormous success during its first staging in 1777 and credited as a "real comedy" in contrast to the sentimental dramas that dominated the stage at the time.

Sheridan's witty dialogue rivals that of the Restoration's best playwrights, and his character names are aptly outrageous: Lady Sneerwell, Mrs. Candour, Benjamin Backbite and Mrs. Malaprop.

This edition also includes an article by Dr. David Cross on The School of Scandal's original staging and performance requirements.

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“The quintessential creation about people blabbering about people. Here is sham, snobbery and betrayal in full regalia. Yet it is suffused with true elegance. Even sentiment peers through. Language glitters and characters effervesce.” —The New York Times
The New York Times

The quintessential creation about people blabbering about people. Here is sham, snobbery and betrayal in full regalia. Yet it is suffused with true elegance. Even sentiment peers through. Language glitters and characters effervesce.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780713662900
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
New Mermaids Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.83(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Blake is Honorary Fellow at the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia

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