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George Farquhar's play 'The Constant Couple; Or, A Trip to the Jubilee' stands as a distinguished work within the corpus of Restoration comedy, notable for its embrace of the emergent sentimental trope within its genre. Farquhar weaves a complex narrative laced with clever repartee and vibrant characters, all vying in the pursuit of love and fortune. The plot unfolds through a tapestry of witty banter and humorous entanglements as Lady Lurewell becomes the cynosure of three aspiring suitors, thus reflecting the period's fascination with the mores and follies of high society. Farquhar's linguistic prowess and mastery of stagecraft are on full display, providing insight into the intersection of humor and humanity prevalent in early 18th-century dramaturgy.
George Farquhar's personal experiences as a struggling actor gave him a unique vantage point from which to observe and critique the social and theatrical milieu. The blend of Farquhar's biting wit and his tender exploration of sentimentality suggests a profound engagement with the complexities of the human condition alongside an acute sense of social observation. 'The Constant Couple' channels Farquhar's own financial and romantic strivings into a narrative that resonates with the aspirations and disillusions of his era, illuminating the timeless dance of love and ambition.
'The Constant Couple' thus emerges as an essential reading for aficionados of classic English literature?particularly those with a penchant for the comedies of manners that shaped the theatrical landscape of post-Restoration England. Farquhar's inaugural triumph invites readers and theatre practitioners alike to partake in a vivacious foray into the intrigues of 18th-century social stratagems and the enthralling world of the stage. His adept interplay between the lighthearted and the profound makes this play not only a delightful comedic romp but also a discerning mirror into the soul of its time.


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George Farquhar
A Comedy, in Five Acts
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The Constant Couple; Or, A Trip to the Jubilee
Biografía del Autor
<p>George Farquhar (1677 ? 1707) was an Irish dramatist known for his sharp wit and engaging comedic narratives at the cusp of the 18th century. Hailing from Derry, Ireland, Farquhar pursued a classical education, before veering towards the stage, initially as an actor. However, it was his foray into writing that cemented his place within the annals of Restoration comedy. Farquhar\'s work is characterized by its vivacious dialogue, a keen understanding of human foibles, and a preference for lively plot over moral instruction. His play \'The Constant Couple; Or, A Trip to the Jubilee\' (1700) is emblematic of his style, merging traditional Restoration comedy elements with a more naturalistic portrayal of character, a reflection of the evolving tastes of the era. Farquhar\'s contribution to literature lies not only in his plays but also in the transitional role he played in theatre, bridging the gap between the Restoration period and the sentiments of the 18th-century audience. Despite a brief career, marred by his untimely death at the age of 30, Farquhar\'s wit and literary acumen remain influential, as seen in the continued staging and study of his work within the canon of English literature.</p>
ISBN: 8596547160823
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