The Country Wife

Play

Writers: William Wycherley

Context

William Wycherley’s The Country Wife is a Restoration Comedy written in 1675. The literature in the Restoration Period was very eclectic and tolerant, often commenting on society and class structure while focusing on the life of the aristocracy. The Country Wife does all of these things well, but was extremely controversial even for it’s time. The play is very explicit and chock-full of sexual innuendos and puns making it too outrageous to be on the stage from 1753-1924. During those years, a cleaner version of the play called The Country Girl was performed instead, but has these days been

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