Love in a Wood; The Gentleman Dancing-Master; The Country Wife; The Plain Dealer

By William Wycherley; Peter Dixon | Go to book overview

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Friedman The Plays of William Wyckerky, ed. Arthur Friedman ( Oxford English Texts; Oxford, 1979).

Holland The Plays of William Wycherley, ed. Peter Holland ( Plays by Renaissance and Restoration Dramatists; Cambridge, 1981).

Hunt The Country Wife, ed. John Dixon Hunt (The New Mermaids; London, 1973).

Ogden The Country Wife, ed. James Ogden ( The New Mermaids; London, 1991).

Revels The Country Wife, ed. David Cook and John Swannell ( The Revels Plays; London, 1975).

Simpson Claude M. Simpson, The British Broadside Ballad and its Music ( New Brunswick, NJ, 1966).

S.D. Stage direction.

Smith The Plain Dealer, ed. James L. Smith ( The New Mermaids; London, 1979).

Weales The Complete Plays of Wiliam Wycherley, ed. Gerald Weales ( Stuart Editions; New York, 1966).

Unless otherwise stated, dates given for seventeenth-century plays are those of publication, not first performance. Shakespeare is quoted from William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, ed. Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, with John Jowettt and William Montgomery ( Oxford, 1986).


Love in a Wood

Title-page

in a wood: bewildered, in difficulties (a proverbial phrase). Excludit . . . Democritus: 'Democritus [the philosopher] bars sane poets from Helicon [the mountain sacred to the Muses]': Horace, Ars Poetica, 296-7. The relevance of the epigraph is obscure. Either 'You may find some wildness and extravagance in this play; if so, it suggests that I am a true writer.' Or, alluding to the end of the Prologue, 'Poets must be mad, because they press on, with irrational optimism, despite ill-success and opprobrium.'


[Dedicatory Epistle]

Duchess of Cleveland: Barbara Palmer, née Villiers ( 1641-1709), recently created Duchess of Cleveland; celebrated beauty, and one of Charles II's

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Table of contents

  • The Country Wife and Other Plays i
  • Oxford English Drama ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on Staging xxii
  • Note on the Texts xxv
  • Select Bibliography xxix
  • A Chronology of William Wycherley xxxiii
  • Love in a Wood,∘ - Or, St James's Park 1
  • [dedicatory Epistle] to Her Grace the Duchess of Cleveland.∘ 2
  • Prologue∘ 5
  • Epilogue 95
  • The Gentleman Dancing-Master 97
  • Prologue 99
  • Epilogue Spoken by Flirt 189
  • The Country Wife 191
  • Prologue Spoken by Mr Hart 193
  • Epilogue Spoken by Mrs Knepp∘ 282
  • The Plain Dealer∘ 283
  • [dedicatory Epistle] to My Lady B-----∘ 289
  • Prologue Spoken by the Plain Dealer 290
  • Epilogue 399
  • Explanatory Notes 400
  • Glossary 467
  • Selection of Oxford World's Classics 487
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