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.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2001. XCV, 314 pp.
Contents: Restoration Comedy – An old-spelling critical edition of Sir Charles Sedley’s comedies The Mulberry-Garden
and Bellamira: or, The Mistress – Sir Charles Sedley, the man and his dramatic works in the context of dramatic tradition
and libertinism – Love, sex and marriage; satirical strategies; stage history.