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- DescriptionSusanna Centlivre's play The Wonder (1714) was one of the most popular works on the eighteenth-century English stage. Set in Lisbon, the plot interweaves two romantic intrigues around one secret : the heroine Violante is hiding her best friend, Isabella (who is the sister of her own lover, Don Felix) from Isabella's father who wishes to marry her off to a rich but decrepit old merchant. Because she is sworn to secrecy, Violante cant reveal Isabella's whereabouts, r can she explain to Felix why Isabella's new lover, a dashing British soldier, happens to be about the house, prompting Felix's intense jealousy. Centlivre's critique on the tyrannical patriarchs in the world of the play is at the same time a veiled critique of similar conditions in Augustan-era Britain. This Broadview edition includes contemporary responses (by Richard Steele and Arthur Bedford), biographical accounts, selections of Centlivre's poetry, and early nineteenth-century criticism (by Elizabeth Inchbald and William Hazlitt).
- Author BiographyJane Milling is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter, UK.
- Author(s)Susannah Centlivre
- PublisherBroadview Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/11/2003
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationPeterborough
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintBroadview Press Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight260 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine11 mm
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