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School for Scandal : New Mermaids - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

School for Scandal

New Mermaids

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Published: 21st June 2004
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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 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. Ann Blake is an Honorary Fellow at the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University in Australia.

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.

"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 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 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 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 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"

ISBN: 9780713662900
ISBN-10: 0713662905
Series: New Mermaids
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 21st June 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1