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The Faithful Virgins (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series #104) (Paperback)
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The first-ever print edition of a play by one of the first women playwrights in England.
E. Polwhele (c. 1651-c. 1691) was one of the first women to write for the stage in Restoration London. This book presents the first printed edition of Polwhele’s first play, The Faithful Virgins, which until now has existed only in an unsigned manuscript in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. A tragicomedy apparently performed in London by the Duke's Company ca. 1669–1671, The Faithful Virgins is altogether different in tone from Polwhele's later, better-known prose comedy, The Frolicks; or, The Lawyer Cheated (1671). The introduction to this modern-spelling edition of The Faithful Virgins discusses the play in terms of radical changes in English stage practices following the restoration of the monarchy after England’s civil war and situates Polwhele’s play within the social and political life of seventeenth-century London.
About the Author
E. Polwhele (c. 1651–c. 1691) was one of the first women to write for the stage in Restoration London. There is no documentary evidence that her first name was “Elizabeth,” but she is often referred to by that name. Ann Hollinshead Hurley is professor of English emerita at Wagner College and the author of numerous books, including John Donne’s Poetry and Early Modern Visual Culture.