Sheridan and Goldsmith /
Katharine Worth.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
166 p. : ill. --
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
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Spine title: Sheridan & Goldsmith.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-01:
Worth's book is part of a series devoted to reexamining "important English dramatists. . .in the light of new information, new interests and new attitudes." So much has been written about Goldsmith and Sheridan especially Goldsmith in the last decade alone that another study, however brief, could be justified only if it did in fact contain new information and new ideas. In this respect the book disappoints. Actors and directors may find Worth's discussions of recent productions and her interpretations of characters in the major plays helpful and interesting, but she does not bring the depth or breadth of a specialist's knowledge to this project, and there are some disconcerting errors and omissions. The chapter "The Plays in the Eighteenth-Century Theatre" would have profited from familiarity with the work of Richard Leacroft and Edward Langhans; and "Questions of Taste: Sentimental Comedy" ignores much recent (and not-so-recent) scholarship on this subject. A "new" work should not perpetuate notions such as the monolithic nature of Restoration comedy, and sentimental comedy as a dominant genre in the 1770s, views to which few contemporary scholars subscribe. An introductory work intended for students and general readers should have a comprehensive bibliography, yet many important titles are omitted, including the essential work for any study of this period, The London State 1660-1800 (1960-68). Marlies K. Danziger's Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Brinsley Sheridan (CH, Nov'78), although written on a rather elementary level, has a superior (if less current) bibliography. Inadequate documentation also renders Worth's book less than useful as a research tool. J. W. Lafler; Institute for Historical Study
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Table of Contents
Editor's Preface
The School for Scandal
Sheridan and Goldsmith: Heavenly Twinsp. 1
The Lives and the Playsp. 13
The Plays in the Eighteenth-Century Theatrep. 37
Questions of Taste: Sentimental Comedy. The Good Natur'd Man and A Trip to Scarboroughp. 60
She Stoops to Conquerp. 90
Sheridan's Comedy of Masks: Harlequins and Thespiansp. 109
The School for Scandalp. 138
Notesp. 158
Bibliographyp. 162
Indexp. 164
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