Sir Charles Sedley’s «The Mulberry-Garden» (1668) and «Bellamira: or, The Mistress» (1687)

An Old-Spelling Critical Edition with an Introduction and a Commentary

by Holger Hanowell (Author)
Thesis XCV, 314 Pages


In his own time, the court wit Sir Charles Sedley (1639-1701) was praised for his poetic skill rather than for his dramatic talent. Yet, as this old-spelling critical edition of his two comedies shows, Sedley was also a satirist whose plays are worth reading along with the ones of his more celebrated fellow-artists Etherege, Wycherley, and Shadwell. After a biographical introduction, a detailed analysis of the plays and characters concentrates on Sedley’s satiric strategies which lambaste the marriage of convenience as well as the conduct of a hypocritical and materialistic society.


XCV, 314
ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2001. XCV, 314 pp.

Biographical notes

Holger Hanowell (Author)

The Author: Holger Hanowell was born in Münster in 1969. He studied English as well as History at the University of Münster, and the University of Sheffield. He took his M.A. in 1997, and his Ph.D. in 2000. From 1997 to 2000, he worked for the Handbuch der Historischen Buchbestände at Münster University under the supervision of Professor Bernhard Fabian.


Title: Sir Charles Sedley’s «The Mulberry-Garden» (1668) and «Bellamira: or, The Mistress» (1687)