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Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1) (1751–1816)

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The son of Thomas Sheridan, the Irish actor and theater manager, Richard Brinsley Sheridan began writing plays as a youngster in Bath. He went on to become one of the most successful playwrights of the later eighteenth century, manager of the Drury Lane Theater, and also a politician and orator of vis mere some note in the House of Commons. Along with his friends David Garrick (seeVol. 3) and Oliver Goldsmith, Sheridan was a member of the Literary Club of Samuel Johnson, having been proposed for membership by Johnson himself. Like Goldsmith, Sheridan also attacks "The Sentimental Muse" of weeping comedy. In his best-known play, The School for Scandal (1777), Sheridan revives the Restoration comedy of manners with its portrait of the beau monde and its deflation of hypocrisy. The play is indebted to William Congreve as well as to Moliere (see Vol. 2), and the picture of society is based on Bath and London. In The Rivals (1775), Sheridan amuses himself with the language games of Mrs. Malaprop and her "nice derangement of epitaphs." The allusions are consistently literary, as in her simile "as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile." Sheridan's acute ear for banalities and truisms is best seen in The Critic (1779), a burlesque of sentimental and inflated plays as well as self-important criticism. The play ridicules "false Taste and brilliant Follies of modern dramatic Composition." Sheridan's sparking dialogue, lively scenes, and masterful dramatic construction have proved to be enduringly popular. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The School for Scandal (1777) 1,038 eksemplarer
The Rivals (1775) 524 eksemplarer
The Critic (1779) 53 eksemplarer
Plays (1931) 14 eksemplarer
The Duenna (1775) 8 eksemplarer
The Plays of Sheridan (1926) 6 eksemplarer
St. Patrick's Day (1775) 4 eksemplarer
A Trip To Scarborough (2004) 3 eksemplarer
Origins of the School for Scandal (1986) 3 eksemplarer
The Rivals. Ed. L Balston. (1931) 1 eksemplar
Poems 1 eksemplar
The Rivals AUDIO (1988) 1 eksemplar
Scarborough and the Critic (2012) 1 eksemplar
S&S Little Classics 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Eighteenth-Century English Literature (1969) — Forfatter — 186 eksemplarer
Masterpieces of the Drama (1966) — Bidragyder — 179 eksemplarer
Twelve Famous Plays of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1933) — Bidragyder — 139 eksemplarer
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Bidragyder — 114 eksemplarer
Treasury of the Theatre: From Aeschylus to Ostrovsky (1967) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
English Comedies (1935) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
Six Eighteenth-Century Plays (1963) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley Butler
Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK
Dublin, Ireland
London, England, UK
Dublin, Ireland
London, England, UK
Bath, Somerset, England, UK
Harrow School
Manager, Drury Lane Theater
Member of Parliament (Whig)
Sheridan, Frances (mother)
Blackwood, Helen Selina Sheridan (granddaughter)
Norton, Caroline (granddaughter)
Lefanu, Alicia Sheridan (sister)
Sheridan, Betsy (sister)
Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan (great-nephew) (vis alle 11)
Dufferin, Lord (great-grandson)
Broughton, Rhoda (great-great-niece)
Blackwood, Caroline (descendant)
Sheridan, Caroline Henrietta (daughter-in-law)
Sheridan, Thomas (father)
Garrick Club, London, England, UK
Literary Club, London, England, UK
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London
Kort biografi
Richard Brinsley Sheridan is still popular today for his satirical, witty comedies of manners such as The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1777). He also served as a Member of Parliament for 32 years. He was part of an acting and literary dynasty: His mother Frances Sheridan, née Chamberlaine, was a playwright and novelist, and his father Thomas Sheridan was an actor-manager who went on to write several books on education. Many of his descendants, his two sisters, and some of their descendants also became writers.



Some of them are quite funny, and often revived. "A Trip to Scarborough": not so much.
DinadansFriend | Jan 8, 2024 |
Money and love, and their interaction are often a matter for comedy, and this play is a classsic of that genre. the Surface brothers are engaged in the pursuit of both money and love, and are trying to swim in the society of upper class England in the 1760's. Joseph is an unlikeable hypocrite and his brother Charles has an amount of familial and emotional honesty. Very few of the characters get any mercy from the author, who as an Irish outsider, in his own life, has a clear vision of the the people he had to deal with in reality. Sheridan gives us the pleasure of condemning others for their weaknesses while insulating us from too much introspection. The play is quite witty and plays well on the stage.… (mere)
DinadansFriend | 16 andre anmeldelser | Nov 17, 2023 |
I fell in love with Restoration comedies through these two plays (though Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer" was quickly added).

October 2015 While I have reread them more than once, it has been some time since I revisited "The School for Scandal". It was a joy to discover that this satire still makes me laugh.

A big part of the fun for me were the names -- Lady Sneerwell, Sir Benjamin Backbite, Mr. Joseph Surface, Mrs. Candour, Miss Gadabout, Sir Filagree Flirt ... I could go on but the point has been made. This satire about gossip and hypocrisy may feel dated in its setting to some readers (though it is like home to me after all the Georgette Heyer I have read), but the situations are still relevant & still funny. As David Garrick (in the original production at Drury Lane Theater in 1777) said in his prologue:

"Thus at our friends we laugh, who feel the dart;
To reach our feelings, we ourselves must smart."

So true! Whether it is the slapstick pie in the face or slip on the banana peel or the more sophisticated comedy of manners presented here, we laugh at things that would not be funny if they were happening to us. Being talked about behind our backs is one of those situations.

A few funny bits (my underlining):

Joseph Surface: The license of invention some people take is monstrous indeed.
Maria: 'Tis so; but, in my opinion, those who report such things are equally culpable.
Mrs. Candour: To be sure they are; tale-bearers are as bad as the tale-makers -- 'tis an old observation, and a very true one" but what's to be done, as I said before? how will you prevent people from talking? To-day, Mrs. Clackitt assured me, Mr. and Mrs. Honeymoon were at last become mere man and wife, like the rest of their acquaintance. She likewise hinted that a certain widow, in the next street, had got rid of her dropsy and recovered her shape in a most surprising manner. And at the same time Miss Tattle, who was by, affirmed, that Lord Buffalo had discovered his lady at a house of no extraordinary fame; ... But, Lord, do you think I would report these things! No, no! tale-bearers, as I said before, are just as bad as tale-makers."


Mrs. Candour: They'll not allow our friend Miss Vermillion to be handsome.
Lady Sneerwell: Oh, surely she is a pretty woman.
Crabtree: I am very glad you think so, ma'am.
Mrs. Candour: She has a charming fresh colour.
Lady Teazle: Yes, when it is fresh put on.
Mrs. Candour: Oh, fie! I'll swear her colour is natural: I have seen it come and go!
Lady Teazle: I dare swear you have ma'am: it goes off at night, and comes again in the morning.

Hahahaha!! But the main theme of the play revolves around two brothers: Joseph and Charles Surface. Everyone (except Lady Sneerwell) thinks Joseph is the virtuous good brother and Charles is the profligate ne'er-do-well. But, as Sheridan has foreshadowed for us, we must look below the surface to find the true character of these two men.
… (mere)
leslie.98 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jun 27, 2023 |
I listened to this full audiobook via the L.A. Theatre Works website. I so do enjoy this play, especially Mrs. Malaprop! A wonderful way to spend a grey morning :)
leslie.98 | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jun 27, 2023 |



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