George Farquhar

George Farquhar (fär´kər, –kwər), 1678–1707, Irish dramatist, b. Londonderry (now Derry), Ireland. After his short career as an actor ended when he severely wounded a fellow actor in a stage duel, he wrote (1698) his first comedy, Love and a Bottle. His next play, The Constant Couple (1699), established his reputation. His experiences as an army officer are reflected in The Recruiting Officer (1706). He was on his deathbed when he completed his masterpiece, The Beaux' Stratagem (1707), a witty, realistic comedy set in the country. His plays, written in an atmosphere of genial merriment, represent the transition between the licentiousness of Restoration drama and the sentimentality of the 18th cent.

See his complete works (ed. by C. A. Stonehill, 1930); studies by E. Rothstein (1967) and E. James (1972).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Young George Farquhar: The Restoration Drama at Twilight
Willard Connely.
Cassell, 1949
British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan
George Henry Nettleton; Arthur Eillicot Case.
Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,., 1939
Librarian’s tip: "The Beaux Stratagem" by George Farquhar begins on p. 349
Critical Essays of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1725
Willard Higley Durham.
Russell & Russell, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "A Discourse upon Comedy, in Reference to the English Stage" by George Farquhar begins on p. 257
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
FREE! The Comedy of Manners
John Palmer.
G. Bell & Sons, 1913
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "George Farquhar"
FREE! English Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1642-1780)
George Henry Nettleton.
Macmillan, 1914
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar"
Humor in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature: A Reference Guide
Don L. F. Nilsen.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "George Farquhar (1678-1707) Ireland" begins on p. 38
English Literature from Dryden to Burns
Alan Dugald McKillop.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948
Librarian’s tip: "George Farquhar" begins on p. 80
Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1720: A Biographical Dictionary
Christopher Baker.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Farquhar, George (?1667-1707)" begins on p. 111
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