Historical Context

The Enlightenment
The Enlightenment and The Age of Reason are alternate names used by historians and critics to identify the...

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Literary Style

The Critic takes place in two locations: Dangle’s house and the theater where Puff’s play is rehearsed; each...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Auburn, Mark S., Sheridan’s Comedies, University of Nebraska Press, 1977, pp. 165–75.


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Auburn, Mark S. Sheridan’s Comedies. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1977. The first chapter characterizes the nature of comedy between 1748 and 1780, emphasizing Sheridan’s role in its development. A separate chapter is devoted to The Critic.

Ayling, Stanley. A Portrait of Sheridan. London: Constable, 1985. Places The Critic in its social and political context. Describes Sheridan’s involvement with the theater.

Danziger, Marlies K. Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1978. The initial chapter places Sheridan’s plays in their...

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Compare and Contrast

1700s: Adam Smith’s groundbreaking treatise on economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, is...

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Topics for Further Study

Review the ideas set forth in Aristotle’s Poetics about the necessary components of a tragedy and apply these ideas to a tragic...

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What Do I Read Next?

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1600) features a band of actors who rehearse their tragedy, The Most Lamentable Comedy...

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