Bull, John. Vanburgh and Farquhar. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. Provides history, criticism, and interpretation of the life and works of Sir John Vanburgh and Farquhar.
Farquhar, George. Recruiting Officer, and Other Plays. Edited by William Meyers. London: Oxford University Press, 1995. Provides the text of Farquhar’s plays using modernized spelling and punctuation. Scholarly introduction and thorough annotations.
Fifer, Charles N., ed. The Beaux’ Stratagem. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1977. Fifer’s introduction examines the textual and performance history of The Beaux’ Stratagem and carefully considers plot and character elements of the play.
James, Eugene Nelson. The Development of George Farquhar as a Comic Dramatist. The Hague, the Netherlands: Mouton, 1972. After a brief introduction, “The Traditions in Farquhar Criticism,” James marches through the plays a chapter at a time. The Recruiting Officer is judged “climactic” for its form, and The Beaux’ Stratagem is the “fulfillment of a promise.” Rich source notes.
Kimball, Sur L. “‘Ceres in her Harvest’: The Exploded Myths of Womanhood in George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem.” Restoration and 18th Century Theater Research 3 (1988). Provides a feminist reading of Farquhar’s most noted play.
Milhous, Judith, and Robert D. Hume. Producible Interpretation: Eight English Plays, 1675-1707. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985. The Beaux’ Stratagem is “an effective stage vehicle,” and the authors devote twenty-seven pages to discussing possibilities of stage interpretation. An insightful essay.
Palmer, John. The Comedy of Manners. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1913. Reprint. New York: Russell and Russell, 1962. Palmer treats Farquhar along with Sir George Etherege, William Wycherley, William Congreve, and Sir John Vanbrugh. Palmer answers the old condemnation of these writers as immoral by defending the artist in general: “Responding to a genuine inspiration he will leave the moral result of his endeavours to look after itself.”
Ross, John, ed. The Recruiting Officer. 2d ed. London: A. & C. Black, 1991. Ross’s lengthy introduction addresses the author’s biography, his sources, the formal elements of the play, and its stage history.
Rothstein, Eric. George Farquhar. New York: Twayne, 1967. This volume in the Twayne series is an excellent introduction to Farquhar’s life and his work. Rothstein’s vigorous prose makes his account wonderfully readable
Stafford-Clark, Max. Letters to George: The Account of a Rehearsal. 1990. Reprint. London: N. Hern Books, 1997. These letters look at Farquhar’s Recruiting Officer and the production of Farquhar’s dramas. Includes bibliography.