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The Gamester: A Comedy. As it is Acted at the New Theatre In Lincolns-Inn Fields By Her Majesty's Servants. The Prologue Spoke by Mr. Betterton. Written by N. Rowe, Esq; The Third Edition
1714 Duodecimo, 6.3 x 3.75 inches. Third edition. A4, B-D12, E2. 75 pages. This copy has a pale splotch on the title page, and two leaves have a slight water stain. It is a large copy, and has been recently rebound in full parchment over boards.   A stand  female playwright  of what has been called "A sad lot were all these early feminine intruders into the field of letters, -Aphra Behn, Mrs. Manley, Mrs. Pilkington, and the rest. Mrs. Centlivre was the best of them. Almost the first of her sex to adopt literature as a calling, she may well be regarded as an unconscious reformer, the leader of a forlorn hope against that literary fortress which was so long defended by the cruel sneers of its masculine garrison. She fell upon the glacis. But over her body the Amazons have marched on to victory." (H. A. Huntington, "Mrs. Centlivre," Atlantic Monthly, 1882, vol. 49, page 764. "[Centlivre's] plays have a provoking spirit and volatile salt in them, which still preserves them, from decay. Congreve is said to have been jealous of their success at the time, and that it was one cause which drove him in disgust from the stage. If so, it was without any good reason, for these plays have great and intrinsic merit in them, which entitled them to their popularity, and besides, their merit was of a kind entirely different from his own." (William Hazlitt, 1818, "Lectures on the English Comic Writers," Lecture viii. The original source for the plot line was Jean Francois Regnard's "Le Joueur." The prologue was written by Nicholas Rowe (1674-1718).
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