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" That is degrading the dignity of letters exceedingly, as well as lessening the utility of the stage. — A good comedy is a capital effort of genius, and should therefore be directed to the noblest purposes. Miss IVal. "
British Theatre - Page 132
by John Bell - 1792
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The British Drama: Comedies. 2 v

English drama - 1804 - 552 pages
...found not^ only entertaining, but •ijistructive. 1 lady Rach. Instructive ! why the modern crities say, that the only business of comedy is to make people...exceedingly, as well as lessening the utility of the ftage. A good comedy is a capital effort of genins, and should, therefore, be directed to the noblest...
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The British Drama: Comedies. 2 v

English drama - 1804 - 556 pages
...represented on the stage, I hope they would be found not only entertaining, but instructive. Lady Räch. Instructive ! why the modern critics say, that the only business of comedy is to make people laugh. Bei. That is degrading the dignity of letters exceedingly, as well as lessening the utility of the...
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The London Stage: A Collection of the Most Reputed Tragedies ..., Volume 4

1829 - 642 pages
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The Drama of Sensibility: A Sketch of the History of English Sentimental ...

Ernest Bernbaum - Domestic tragedies (Drama), English - 1915 - 310 pages
...sentimental, concluded The School for Wives with the following remarks on that subject : Lady Rachel Why, the modern critics say that the only business of comedy is to make people laugh. Bdville That is degrading the dignity of letters exceedingly, as well as lessening the utility of the...
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English Comedy

Ashley Horace Thorndike - Literary Criticism - 1929 - 658 pages
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The Modern Theatre, Volumes 9-10

English drama - 1968 - 786 pages
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The Comedy of Manners

Kenneth Muir - Comedies of manners, English - 1970 - 184 pages
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The Works

Hugh Kelly - 1973 - 522 pages
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L'Oeuvre de Hugh Kelly (1739-1777): contribution ā l'étude du ..., Volume 2

Jean-Michel Lacroix - 1978 - 612 pages
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