Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A comedy by J. Shirley, acted 1633, printed 1637.

This was one of Shirley's most popular plays, adapted (and sentimentalized) by Charles Johnson (1679–1748) in 1712 as The Wife's Relief and by Garrick in 1758 as The Gamesters. Its main plot is taken from the Heptameron of Marguerite of Navarre, and turns on an elaborate double ‘bed‐trick’ in which Wilding, the title character, manages to cheat himself twice in his unsuccessful efforts to seduce his ward Penelope.

The Gamester is also the title of a play by Mrs Centlivre and of a tragedy by E. Moore.

Subjects: Literature.

Reference entries

James Shirley (1596—1666) playwright and poet

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.