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Listed: A Comedy of Manners

I am seriously losing at posting anything regularly here this month. I need to get into the habit of actually writing posts. And reading again. Le sigh.

Anyway, this week I wanted to feature ten books or plays that are all considered a Comedy of Manners – these are some of my favourite types of plays to see and favourite types of books to read. They can be QUITE witty when they are written well and are highly enjoyable if you are in the mood for that type of humour.

  1. Emma by Jane Austen. Originally Published 1815. LT
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Originally Published 1895. LT
  3. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. Originally Published 1847. LT
  4. Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer. Originally Published 1966. LT
  5. Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson. Originally Published 1931. LT
  6. The Jeeves books by P.G. Wodehouse . Originally appears in the short story “Extricating Young Gussie”, published in 1915 . LT
  7. A Civil Contract by Lois McMaster Bujold. Originally Published 1999. LT
  8. The War Between the Tates by Allison Lurie. Originally Published 1974. LT
  9. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Originally Published 2010. LT
  10. Love’s Labour’s Lost by Shakespeare. Originally Published 1598. LT

Do you enjoy comedies of manners? If so, which ones are your favourites?


Do you like this feature? You should also check out Librarian’s Book Reviews’ Listless Monday, A Bookshelf Monstrosity’s Books By A Theme and Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog’s Birdwatching.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:59 am April 11, 2011.
Category: Listed

  • http://myreadingbooks.blogspot.com Kailana

    Yes, I miss you. I hope you are around a bit more soon!

  • http://aartichapati.blogspot.com Aarti

    Oh, what a fun list! I am sure I know a lot of comedy of manners that I of course cannot bring to mind right now. They’re just so fun and witty and frothy. I don’t know if it qualifies as a comedy of manners, but I read another book by EF Benson recently that isn’t in the Mapp & Lucia series, but was very good! Mrs. Ames. Lots of wittiness in there!