William Wycherley

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The late seventeenth century playwright William Wycherley produced satirical and comic masterpieces, winning the admiration of his fellow writers, including John Dryden and William Congreve, who described him as “appointed to lash this crying age.” Following the restoration of Charles II, dramatists experienced new freedom in an age that broke from the strict morality of puritan rule and in which elegance and wit became the most prized of virtues. Irreverent, cynical and licentious, Wycherley’s works illuminate the many vices of these colourful times, satirising the widening disparity between appearances and reality. This comprehensive eBook presents Wycherley’s complete plays, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Wycherley’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the plays
* All the plays, with individual contents tables
* Play texts based on W. C. Ward’s 1893 unexpurgated edition
* Includes the original footnotes – ideal for students
* Features rare poems appearing here for the first time in digital publishing
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Features two biographies – discover Wycherley’s intriguing life
* Ordering of texts into chronological order and genres


The Plays
Love in a Wood (1671)
The Gentleman Dancing Master (1673)
The Country Wife (1675)
The Plain Dealer (1676)

The Poetry
Hero and Leander (1669)
Epistle to the King (1682)
Epistle to the Duke (1682)
The Dedication to the Greatest Friend of the Muses, Vanity (1704)
The Author to the Bookseller (1704)
Upon the Discretion of Folly (1704)
Upon the Most Useful Knowledge, Craft or Cunning (1704)
A Song against Delays in Love (1704)
In Vindication of Simplicity and Good Nature (1704)

The Biographies
William Wycherley (1893) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
William Wycherley (1900) by George Atherton Aitken

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