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ISBN-10: 0521284406

ISBN-13: 9780521284400

Edition: 1986

Authors: Arthur Wing Pinero, George Rowell

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This volume contains four plays by the leading late Victorian and Edwardian playwright Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934). It provides a representative sample of the work of a writer who far outshone his rivals (including both Wilde and Shaw) in his own day, and inspired such successors as Somerset Maugham and Terence Rattigan in the genre of the 'wellmade play', and Ben Travers in the writing of farce. The plays are The Scboolmistress (1866), one of the famous Court farces; The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893), the best known of all the plays about 'a woman with a past'; Trelawny of the 'Wells' (1898), a much-loved backstage romance; and The Thunderbolt (1908), a pioneering social drama. Two of the…    
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/17/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Arthur Wing Pinero, a former actor, remained a shrewd judge of theatrical taste. After a period of writing comedies and farces (Dandy Dick, in 1887, among the best), in the 1890s Pinero fastened on London's newly aroused interest in social-problem plays. But, instead of following the difficult example of Ibsen whose plays were just then beginning to be produced in English translations, Pinero turned to the French playwrights of an earlier generation. The demimondaine of Guillaume Augier and Alexandre Dumas became, in plays like The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1893), the "woman with a past." The inevitable (and inevitably effective) theatrical business of recognition and confession led to acts of…    

The Schoolmistress
The Second Mrs Tanqueray
Trelawny of the 'Wells'
The Thunderbolt