Marriage a-la-Mode was an early and influential comedy of manners, later to be developed by Etherege and Wycherly. During the play Dryden deploys verbal and theatrical wit which is in experimental contrast to a loftier vein of poetic tragi-comedy. With its unusual combination of two plots, this play affords a complex exploration of the language of social exchange and personal feeling between typically well-born men and women of the late-17th-century English world.br>
New Mermaids are modernized, fully annotated editions of classic English plays. Each volume includes:
Modern spelling playtext
Textual notes recording substantive changes to the copytext and variant readings
Glossing notes elucidating obscure words and word play
Critical, contextual and staging notes . Photographs of productions where applicable
A full introduction which provides a critical account of the play, the staging conventions of the time and recent stage history.