English Comedy: Its Role and Nature from Chaucer to the Present Day.
With chapters by period - Medieval, Renaissance, Augustan, Regency, Brave New World. Features such notables as Shakespeare, Jonson, Wycherly, Dryden, Pope, Austen, Peacock, Swift, Fielding, more. Attempts to develop a theory of comedy, to set comedy in relation to culture and chronological history. The section on Peacock and Austen deals convincingly with Austen as a comic writer. UC Press Berkeley 1975. HB, dj. USED. $22.00