Venice Preserved

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 30, 1969 - Drama - 144 pages

The Regents Restoration Drama series provides soundly edited texts, in modern spelling, of the significant plays of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Each text is based on a fresh collation of the early authoritative editions. The textual notes record all substantive departures from the edition used as the copy-text. Variant substantive readings among contemporary editions are listed. Historical background, stage history, and literary and cultural information are included.


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Otway was probably the best writer of tragedies during the Restoration period. His Venice Preserved (1682) is rivaled only by Dryden's All for Love. As the Royal Shakespeare Company's production so well demonstrated, Venice Preserved is still a dark and passionate play. The love versus honor conflict echoes the heroic drama, but Jaffier's vacillation between the demands of a friend and a wife reflects the somberness of a world in chaos, a Jacobean tragic theme. Otway's The Orphan (1680) set the fashion for a serious play based on pathos, if not actual tears. Otway had an unrequited passion for Mrs. Elizabeth Barry, the actress who appeared in most of his dramas. Penniless at the end of his life, he died while in a London tavern

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