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Written by Denise S
(2/26/2007 3:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sheridan's Preface, penned by Cheryl
It struck me how Sheridan emphasises his youth and inexperience in his Preface - he talks of his "extreme inexperience", refering to himself a "young man" and a "young author", and as being "by no means conversant with plays in general", as well as emphasising Mr Harris's "judgement and experience" on which Sheridan says he relied in preparing The Rivals for its first performance.
It seems unlikely that a first play would get into the theatre today with such a raw author - is Sheridan being a little modest here, or was this really the case?
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