Four Georgian and Pre-Revolutionary Plays

The Rivals She Stoops to Conquer The Marriage of Figaro Emilia Galotti

  • David┬áThomas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Richard Sheridan
    Pages 1-84
  3. Oliver Goldsmith
    Pages 85-150
  4. Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
    Pages 151-231
  5. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
    Pages 233-289
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 290-291

About this book


This edition offers an ideal introduction to the plays and theatre of the late eighteenth century in England, France and Germany as it brings together key texts revolving around the themes of sex and class. The texts of the plays by Sheridan and Goldsmith are based on first editions, while those of the plays by Beaumarchais and Lessing are based on the earliest published translations; textual notes explain unfamiliar terms and allusions. A full introduction locates the plays in their cultural and political context and provides a comparative overview of contemporary theatre.


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Editors and affiliations

  • David┬áThomas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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