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Sheridan was a perfectionist who continually revised his plays, even after performance. Shown here are two different drafts of his famous comedy 'The School for Scandal'. The manuscripts were written by scribes, but there are numerous crossings-out and changes that Sheridan made in his own hand while revising the play.

Comparing the title pages we can see how he amalgamated the parts of Miss Verjuice and Snake, and at various other points we can see how re-wrote sections and scenes and re-attributed lines to different characters.

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The School For Scandal
Manuscript
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1777

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