George Etherege

Etherege, Sir George

Sir George Etherege (ĕth´ərĬj), 1636–1692, English dramatist. His witty, licentious comedies—The Comical Revenge; or, Love in a Tub (1664) and She Wou'd If She Cou'd (1668)—set the tone of the Restoration comedy of manners that Congreve was to continue. His last play, The Man of Mode (1676), is famous for its creation of the great fop, Sir Fopling Flutter. His years spent as English minister to Ratisbon (1685–89) are recorded in his Letterbook (ed. by Sybil Rosenfeld, 1928).

See his works (2 vol., ed. by H. F. B. Brett-Smith, 1927; repr. 1971); study by A. Huseboe (1987).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Comic Spirit in Restoration Drama: Studies in the Comedy of Etherege, Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar
Henry Ten Erck Perry.
Yale University Press, 1925
The Man of Mode
George Etherege; W. B. Carnochan.
University of Nebraska Press, 1966
Restoration Comedy, 1660-1720
Bonamy Dobrée.
Clarendon Press, 1924
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "Etherege (?1635-91)"
The Social Mode of Restoration Comedy
Kathleen M. Lynch.
Biblo and Tannen, 1965
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "The Period of Etherege"
FREE! The Comedy of Manners
John Palmer.
G. Bell & Sons, 1913
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "The Plays of Sir George Etherege"
FREE! English Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1642-1780)
George Henry Nettleton.
Macmillan, 1914
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "Etherege and Wycherley (Shadwell)"
Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1720: A Biographical Dictionary
Christopher Baker.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Etherege, George (ca. 1634-1691)" begins on p. 106
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