Y The Man of Mode which in clarity of vision and freshness of detail surpasses both its predecessors and
in early ears of the eighteenth century became a central the early ears of the eighteenth century became a central in the debate about the worth of Restoration comedy This edition includes annotated texts of all three plays prefaced by an account of Etherege's life and the reception of his plays on the stage and in critici. Even among the richly talented generation who
for the stage the Restoration EtheregeWrote For The Stage
Was From The Start Consideredfrom the start considered be a very special kind of innovator His first play The Comical Revenge 1664 with its partisan portrait of the Cavalier gentry during the last ears of the Revolution and its bravura interweaving of four separate plots deftly caught an early Restoration mo. Od and enjoyed great popularity Its successor She Would if She Could 1668
marks a deliberate change in direction Audiences expecting a seuel akin to Thea deliberate change in direction Audiences expecting a seuel akin to The Revenge were at first faltering in their response
But By 1671 Thomasby 1671 Thomas was confidently calling it the best comedy to have been written since the return of the king in 1660 Etherege's masterpiece however is his last pla.