Susannah Centlivre: The Basset Table

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Although it only ran for four nights and was never revived, Susanna Centlivre's sixth play, The Basset Table (1705), is, theatrically speaking, a good play, with a well-constructed plot, captivatingly mimetic language, and a gallery of lively contemporary humours. Some of the issues it deals with came increasingly to the fore in later years, such as the question of women's role when outside the “Lady's Province”. It was probably the work of a highly motivated author who contravened some of her established practices in writing it and felt it necessary to write a second play on apparently the same topic as her earlier play of the same year, The Gamester. As in The Gamester the theme of the necessary reform of the g…

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Carraro, Laura Favero. "The Basset Table". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
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