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The Recruiting Officer

The Recruiting Officer $16.99

George Farquar

Published by New Mermaid

This is one of the New Mermaid series which offers modern spelling & fully-annotated editions of important English plays

Each volume includes a critical introduction, biography of the author, discussions of dates and sources, textual details, a bibliography, and information about the staging of the play

The Recruiting Officer is set in Shrewsbury in 1704 and describes what happens in a country town when the army come to stay

With cross-dressing and confusion in plenty, this is a comedy exploring the timeless themes of love and war

One of Farquhar's last two plays, The Recruiting Officer is both entertaining and touching. It has a light, humane touch and its original depiction of a real-life provincial town comically explores the impact that ongoing warfare had on its civilian society

This completely new edition offers a freshly-edited play text, with new annotations, in modern spelling

Tiffany Stern's comprehensive and engaging introduction discusses the author's career and gives a history of the play including its staging, critical interpretation, date and sources, putting it its context of the late Restoration and illuminating its theatrical vivacity.

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