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1. A Traitor's Kiss: The Life of
 
2. The rivals and The school for
 
3. The rivals and The school for
 
4. The Works of Richard Brinsley
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5. Sheridan's comedies: The rivals
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6. Recollections of the life of the
 
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7. The Critic
 
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8. The School For Scandal; A Comedy
 
9. A Traitor's Kiss: The Life of
 
10. A TRAITOR'S KISS. The life of
 
11. The school for scandal. a comedy
 
12. The Filipino martyrs a story of
 
13. Works. With a memoir by James
 
14. Dramatic works. With a memoir
 
15. The rivals. edited with introd.
 
16. Speeches : (Several corrected
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17. The beauties of Sheridan, consisting
 
18. The plays of Richard Brinsley
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19. The School for Scandal and Other
 
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20. The Life and Works of Richard

1. A Traitor's Kiss: The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816
by Fintan O'Toole
Hardcover: 519 Pages (1998-11-30)
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The great Irish-English playwright--his politics, his impassioned life.

A tale of stunning literary success, political celebrity and intrigue, early death, murder, treason, and revolution, this extraordinary book takes as its subject one of the most exciting and enigmatic figures in Irish and English history.

Dramatist, politician, entrepreneur, philanderer, duelist, and revolutionary (or traitor), Richard Brinsley Sheridan was a man of many contradictions: a Protestant gentleman who cared about the rights of the Irish Catholic peasantry; a creative writer who was best known as a politician; a believer in sincerity yet a role-playing chameleon; a radical who masterminded the crisis following the madness of King George; a member of Parliament who associated with insurrectionists against the Crown.

His unusual and still-relevant life has been captured superbly by the masterful young scholar Fintan O'Toole, in an innovative work that opens up a radical new perspective on a great writer. O'Toole shows that Sheridan must be understood as an Irish writer and dissident, a complicated man who walked a thin line between success in London and extreme danger as a supporter of democratic reform and Irish independence.Amazon.com Review
Richard Sheridan is primarily remembered for three brilliantplays: The Rivals, The School for Scandal, and TheCritic. With these elegant comedies of manners, he almostsingle-handedly revived the comic spirit of the Restoration, deemedtoo coarse by the more refined society of the latter 18th century. InSheridan's work, the clich├ęs of traditional melodrama areturned on their heads (The Rivals, for example, features a manwho forces his son to marry the woman he himself is in love with), andromantic intrigues become a forum for discussing political issues andthe nature of theater itself. Sheridan's major plays were all writtenby the time he was 28. While melodramas, adaptations, and pantomimesfollowed, his career as a playwright was just a prelude to a longinvolvement in other fields, most notably managing London's Drury Lanetheater and a political career that eventually led to a seat in theHouse of Commons. Little has been written about his later politicaland business life.

There are romantic intrigues, political battles, and dodges from thedebt collectors aplenty in Sheridan's later life, though they seem buta lengthy epilogue to the wit and creativity of his earlyyears. O'Toole is wonderfully lucid, however, in explaining thestruggles for Irish autonomy in this period (Sheridan would all hislife, to the detriment of his social standing, identify himself asIrish), and he offers an in-depth analysis of the elaborate politicaland social arena of the time. Particularly well drawn are Sheridan'scomplex romantic relationships with his wives, involving infidelitiesand duels. But when compared to the brilliance of his early plays, thehistorical details of his later life seem somewhatlackluster. --John Longenbaugh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A wit, poet and a gentleman.
This is a wonderful biography of a fascinating and engaging personality. Sheridan is a fine poet and an honorable politician (a nearly impossible achievement in the eighteenth-century as it is today), a genuine wit, he was also one of the greatest playwrights in the London theater of his day.

Sheridan was a man of fashion and society, but not a fop. He wrote clever, romantic comedies, liked to live on the edge and yet always held fast to his principles -- supporting the American colonists, for instance, in their struggle for independence -- while refusing to be bought at any price.

He lived in grand style from the first moment that he arrived in London (despite having nothing but his wife's dowry), spending all of the money that he made as quickly as he earned it -- sometimes MORE quickly than he earned it. He was passionate about few women but appreciative of the beauty of many, and he was a devoted and caring father. (His poem "If a Daughter You Have" is a small gem.)

When he came home one night to find his theater burning as a result of a fire (probably set by his enemies in parliament), he calmly sat and sipped some wine, explaining to shocked witnesses: "Surely a man can have a glass of wine by his own fire."

Toward the end of his life, although he was burdened by crippling debts, he refused an offer of a large sum of money in compensation for his support offered by the American colonists. He explained that his support had been a matter of principle.

Read this biography and anything by Sheridan himself.

5-0 out of 5 stars What an excellent book!
It's enough to say that a major artist has met with a superb biographer and this happy marriage has produced a very moving and absorbing account of this great man's life.Thank you Mr O' Toole!

5-0 out of 5 stars a terrific book
I was familiar with Sheridan from his theatrical comedies, plays that have become standard in the repertoire. I was dimly aware of his service in Parliament. I wasn't aware of his extensive involvement in the greatpolitical questions of the day, particularly the Irish questions, nor ofhis centrality in the great debates of the late 18th century--the Americanwar for independence, the expanding power of the East India Company, andmany others.

The book covers all of this, but what elevates this bio fromthe typical is the author's focus on Sheridan's rhetoric--his use oflanguage. The richness of wordplay, situation, and satire in his playsturns out to be just a special case of a characteristic lifestyle ofthought and interaction. It's just splendid to read this sort of thing froman intelligent writer. The book gets you thinking, and there are points atwhich you may challenge the author's conclusions, but you're not going tofind many biographies of this depth, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness. Agreat read!

4-0 out of 5 stars a really good biography that could have been much better
Sheridan (1751-1816) is best known for a few plays, superficially comedies of manners and morals, mainly The Rivals and The School for Scandal. O'Toole's work explores beneath the surface of these and other literary works, showing them as the products of Sheridan's personal and political life.

Widely praised in the English and American press, this biography portrays Sheridan as a passionate (and compassionate) politician. He was a major player in a struggle for various complicated and sometimes seemingly contradictory causes and parliamentary power in the era of the American Revolution, King George III's intermittent madness, the French Revolution, and troubles in the British empire.

Sheridan is shown to be a humanitarian, and, less convincingly, an Irish patriot in the guise of an English politician who happened to be Irish by birth at a time when Ireland was at times openly rebellious toward England. The family heritage in Ireland was actually Protestant, but tolerant of Catholicism to the point of having Jacobite tendencies, i.e. favoring the return of the Stuart monarchy that had ended with James II in the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688. Sheridan's father, Thomas, was a man of the theatre, and also a scholar, concerned particularly with propriety in matters of language and spoken discourse. Richard was not his father's favorite and his mother, herself a writer, died while Richard was still a young boy.

O'Toole's biography manages to relate the playwright's works to his family circumstances without indulging in psychological speculation. For example, the memorable character Mrs. Malaprop, in The Rivals, (immortalized by our word "malaprop" or "malapropism") is shown to be in part based on Thomas, who had pedantic tendencies. (Malaprops are best when they come from pretenders to perfection in language. An especially good one appeared a few years ago in The Smithsonian magazine when James J. Kilpatrick, a conservative political commentator and sometimes word policeman, referred to a mistake in diction as a "solipsism" instead of a "solecism".)

The many portrayals of hypocrisy and venality in Sheridan's plays are well explained by reference to the politics and society of the period, but are timeless in their effectiveness. The book is most interesting in describing the realities of theatrical performances, whether the particulars are staging details, audience characteristics, or financial exigencies. But this is a political biography of a character whose political accomplishments and enlightened ideals outshine his well known literary works.

Many of Sheridan's Irish contacts and English partisans in the intrigues within England in the years after 1789 were openly sympathetic to, or even allied with the French revolutionaries. Yet Sheridan was during this time a prominent member of the House of Commons and close to the Prince of Wales, later George IV. Some of his personal and political friends were tried as traitors during the peak of Sheridan's political prominence; he survived primarily because of his political acumen, eloquence, and insight.

To the general reader, not well acquainted with the intricacies of English history, the work will nevertheless be interesting and convincing in portraying Sheridan as a politically adroit and ingenious man, even an Enlightenment figure. Sheridan's speeches and writings were well known to the American revolutionaries, and remained popular even after his death. He eloquently advocated religious toleration, freedom from colonial oppression, even feminism, and opposed slavery so effectively as to influence the young Frederick Douglass.

Sheridan's personal flaws (he was a drunk and an adulterer), theatre life in London, political intrigues, the struggle for religious and political freedom in Ireland, and the impeachment trial of Warren Hastings for mismanagement of affairs in British colonial India, all well explained, make this book accessible and interesting. I offer three points of criticism.

First, and most importantly, characters, terms, or events not known to the general reader or history reader, should be explained briefly. The English reader may know what a "rotten" borough was, and what a "pocket" borough was, in the days before parliamentary reform, but a sentence or two would explain this and give the reader a better understanding of the electoral politics involved.

Second, an attempt at a definitive biography, published by a prestigious house such as Farar, should include illustrations. It is frustrating to read descriptions of presumably extant political cartoons of the day, some involving Sheridan's Drury Lane theatre, or major political figures, and not be able to see reproductions-surely the private collection or library would give permission. (In fact, the New York Review of Books included one cartoon in its review of this book.)

Finally, O'Toole's prose is afflicted with some of the unfortunate mannerisms of academic style. He repeatedly uses the awkward, almost always disruptive "former...latter" construction, and equally often uses the term "context" when referring to real relationships or circumstances-the term should be reserved for relationships between words. These usages may be epidemic in doctoral dissertations or in the "scholarly" journals no one reads, but that does not excuse their appearance in a work like this-the author is the drama critic of the New York Daily News. In the age of word processing, surely an editor at Farar should have caught these irritating errors of style, possibly in preparation of the American edition. Then again, a careful editor might have noticed that at the end of the "Preface to the American Edition" the date is incorrectly listed as May 1988.

If this clever and talented author had made his entertaining book more accessible, he would be open to the charge of "popularizing", anathema in academic and some literary circles. But it is a measure of his success in eliciting the nature of Sheridan that one wishes he had done so. After all, the political and religious difficulties in Ireland persist, and one could as well look beyond the Emerald Isle and argue that we too live in an age of comparably flawed, but ultimately noble political actors and causes, in need of better understanding of their human qualities. ... Read more


2. The rivals and The school for scandal. Two comedies by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
by Richard Brinsley (1751-1816) Sheridan
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3. The rivals and The school for scandal. Two comedies by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
by Richard Brinsley (1751-1816) Sheridan
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4. The Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan; Dramas, Poems, Translations, Speeches, Unfinished Sketches, and Ana
by Richard Brinsley (1751-1816) Sheridan
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5. Sheridan's comedies: The rivals and The school for scandal;
Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-06-25)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


6. Recollections of the life of the late Right Honorable Charles James Fox; exhibiting a faithful account of the most remarkable events of his political career, and a delineation of his character
by B. C Walpole Sheridan Richard Brinsley 1751-1816
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more


7. The Critic
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8. The School For Scandal; A Comedy
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9. A Traitor's Kiss: The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816
by Fintan; Farrar Straus & Girouxt Otoole
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10. A TRAITOR'S KISS. The life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816
by Fintan. O'TOOLE
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11. The school for scandal. a comedy in five acts by Richard Brinsle
by Sheridan. Richard Brinsley. 1751-1816.
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12. The Filipino martyrs a story of the crime of February 4. 1899 by
by Sheridan. Richard Brinsley. 1751-1816.
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13. Works. With a memoir by James P. Browne, containing extracts from the life by Thomas Moore Volume 1
by Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 Sheridan
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14. Dramatic works. With a memoir of his life
by Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 Sheridan
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15. The rivals. edited with introd. and notes by T. Balston.
by Sheridan. Richard Brinsley. 1751-1816.
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16. Speeches : (Several corrected by himself) Edited by a constitutional friend Volume 2
by Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 Sheridan
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17. The beauties of Sheridan, consisting of selections from his poems, dramas, and speeches
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan 1751-1816 Howard Alfred Esq. editor
Paperback: 224 Pages (1831-12-31)
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more


18. The plays of Richard Brinsley Butler, 1751-1816
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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19. The School for Scandal and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics)
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Paperback: 496 Pages (1998-11-19)
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Richly exploited comic situations, effervescent wit, and intricate plots combine to make Sheridan's work among the best of all English comedy.This edition includes his most famous plays, The Rivals, The School for Scandal, and The Critic, as well as two lesser known musical plays, The Duenna and A Trip to Scarborough.A detailed introduction and notes on Sheridan's playhouses and critical inheritance make this an invaluable edition for study and performance alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sheridan, political wit and playwright
Richard Brinsley Sheridan is famous for "The School for Scandal" which in many ways epitomizes the wit and the morals of the 18th century. It looks back toward Restoration Comedy of the century before, but Sheridan's wit is less bitter and more good-humored than his predecessors. Of course Restoration comedy came from men who had survived a bitter Civil War whether or not they had actually been participants. Their cynicism and the deliberate artificiality of say "The Way of the World" along with deliberate cruelty exhibited toward persons whose only vice is to fail being being "witty" makes for uncomfortable reading, the sort of twinge which exists in a lot of 20th century drama, Joe Orton for example.
Sheridan on the other hand likes a joke, likes to ridicule worthy subjects and has a wonderfully light hand with dialogue. He came from a theatrical family and knew in his bones (his first play "The Rivals" was written when he was barely out of his teens!) what would work on the stage.
This is an excellent edition with an informative forward and good notes. The only caveat I have is the cover: why select an actress and a play from a totally different playwright and indeed period? Surely they could have found one of the actresses who actually starred in his plays?

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This edition includes three of Sheridan's most famous works."The Rivals" and "The Critic" are both fine plays, but the best by far is "The School for Scandal", a droll farce which lampoonsgossip-mongers.The high point of the play is the famous "screenscene", in which one character after another takes refuge behind ascreen to eavesdrop.The humor is sharp but never bitter, and thecharacters are wholly believable.It is easy to see why this play is stillbeing performed after two hundred years. ... Read more


20. The Life and Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan
by James Morwood
 Hardcover: 200 Pages (1985-12)
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