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Lover's Vows (1798) was featured by Jane Austen in her novel Mansfield Park, is one of at least four adaptations of August von Kotzebue's Das Kind der Liebe (1780). Inchbald's version is the only one to have been performed. Dealing as it does with sex before marriage and illegitimate birth, Inchbald in the Preface to the published version declares herself to have been highLover's Vows (1798) was featured by Jane Austen in her novel Mansfield Park, is one of at least four adaptations of August von Kotzebue's Das Kind der Liebe (1780). Inchbald's version is the only one to have been performed. Dealing as it does with sex before marriage and illegitimate birth, Inchbald in the Preface to the published version declares herself to have been highly sensitive to the task of adapting the original German text for "an English audience."...

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ISBN : 9781406529449
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Number of Pages : 84 Pages
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Lover's Vows Reviews

  • Nicole D.
    2019-02-03 15:44

    Today this play is most famous for being put on in Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park.It is about a women named Agatha who was seduced by the future baron of the village and he didn't marry her and it's many years later and the child they had is grown,the baron married someone and she died and he is a widower with a daughter and has come back to the village,and Agatha is poor and her son has just come back and wants his birth certificate and finds out who his father is.It is a quick nice little read and you understand even more why there is such a fuss about it being suitable to act in Mansfield Park.I enjoyed seeing more about the characters each person in Mansfield Park would have played and understand the play scene in Mansfield Park better for reading the play.If you are a Jane Austen fan and always wanted to know what was said in Lover's Vows I recommend this book.It is very short only 70+pages and I read it in one sitting.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-01-28 17:31

    This could have been a great drama / genuine redemption story, if the author had not tried to make it a comedy and give us such a forced ending.

  • Christopher (Donut)
    2019-02-16 19:32

    A short play, adapted from Kotzebue by Mrs. Inchbald, who explains in a preface that she worked from a literal translation from the German, modifying it for the English stage.Of course, it is worth reading, if only to understand what the characters in MANSFIELD PARK are on about:"... Simplicity, indeed, is beyond the reach of almost every actress by profession. It requires a delicacy of feeling which they have not. It requires a gentlewoman—a Julia Bertram. You will undertake it, I hope?" turning to her with a look of anxious entreaty, which softened her a little; but while she hesitated what to say, her brother again interposed with Miss Crawford's better claim. "No, no, Julia must not be Amelia. It is not at all the part for her. She would not like it. She would not do well. She is too tall and robust. Amelia should be a small, light, girlish, skipping figure. It is fit for Miss Crawford, and Miss Crawford only. She looks the part, and I am persuaded will do it admirably."Tom Bertram began again— "Miss Crawford must be Amelia. She will be an excellent Amelia.""Do not be afraid of my wanting the character," cried Julia, with angry quickness: "I am not to be Agatha, and I am sure I will do nothing else; and as to Amelia, it is of all parts in the world the most disgusting to me. I quite detest her. An odious, little, pert, unnatural, impudent girl. I have always protested against comedy, and this is comedy in its worst form." And so saying, she walked hastily out of the room, leaving awkward feelings to more than one... The part of Agatha, which the Miss Bertrams both covet, did not strike me as the preferable role- she is Frederick's mother.. but I suppose such a downcast heroine was the ideal showcase role for a 'real actress' in the age of JANE SHORE. I read 18th C. plays all the time, and it was NOT a golden age for drama. I agree with Tom Bertram that Mary Crawford was perfect for Amelia.I tried to write a plot summary, but it was actually more tedious than the play itself, which is melodramatic, but brisk.

  • Leslie
    2019-01-21 13:16

    This 1798 adaptation by Elizabeth Inchbald of the German play Das Kind der Liebe by August von Kotzebue was a surprisingly quick and easy read. The play, about an unwed mother and her illegitimate son, is in some aspects a typical melodrama but the morality advocated isn't of the Victorian variety. I downloaded this from Project Gutenberg because I am rereading Mansfield Park and this is the play that Tom Bertram and the others decide to put on. Jane Austin's contemporary readers would have been familiar with the play but the scene in which Maria and Julia argue about who will play Agatha was a bit unclear to me. So glad I decided to take the time to read this!

  • Dan
    2019-02-21 13:34

    Rereading Mansfield Park, and stopped along with Fanny to read the play this time. Poor Edmund, not quite knowing the source of his own distaste.Now, with the family reunited and the utterly superfluous Count (with his 2-and-40 lines) disposed of, back to Mansfield Park.

  • Duckpondwithoutducks
    2019-01-30 20:35

    This play, first published a couple of hundred years ago, raises some interesting moral questions, but is really only known today for being the play that they plan to act out in Mansfield Park. And that's the only reason why I read it! It was neat to see the real story behind Agatha and Amelia and Anhalt that is talked about in Jane Austen's novel - now I have to go back and reread MP!

  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    2019-02-10 17:25

    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsIn her Preface, Mrs Inchbald relates the changes and cuts she made to von Kotzebue's original Das Kind der Liebe which is why I have reviewed Lovers' Vows in her name rather than as a translation of his work. I understand that much of the essential narrative is the same, but deep multi-page German speeches were condensed to just three or four English lines and the ending was changed so I suspect that reading Lovers' Vows is much like watching a film version of a great novel - this is the drastically abridged version!Lovers' Vows is now most famous I think for being the play rehearsed by characters in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. My copy of that novel had the text of Lovers' Vows as an addition and I found reading it interesting as it gave a more rounded understanding of relevant Mansfield Park scenes. As a play in its own right though, it is pretty dire! Taken in its historical context I suppose this tale of pre-marital sex, illegitimate children and daylight robbery must have been thrillingly shocking to its audiences, but it is such a short work that, to modern eyes at least, so much overwrought angst from shallow undeveloped characters is laughable. I also frequently cringed at the 'humour' spoken by the patronised commonfolk characters and at the butler's terrible poetry. As a historical curiosity or alongside a group reading of Mansfield Park, I think the play might be fun to perform and perhaps even to watch, but otherwise I would be happy never to revisit it again!

  • Gemma
    2019-02-15 13:45

    Loved it. I've come to love all things Inchbald. She was such an incredible woman and a crucial intellectual in the radical Jacobin scenario; her story is so fascinating and her plays are engaging and modern (adore her feminist views). Will slowly catch up on other comedies of hers.

  • Lawrence
    2019-02-21 14:18

    What a fantastically compelling play!! Possibly my favourite thing I've discovered during fields. Well-paced, well-plotted, and full of delightful quips and moving monologues. Made me want to re-read Mansfield Park just to admire how perfect it is for that novel, and made me want to see it staged.

  • Barbara Ruuska
    2019-01-30 14:38

    I'm re-reading "Mansfield Park." I decided to read the play at the same time as Fanny. I think we were both shocked at the choice of this play for a "home" theater production. It's a total piece of trash, but fun to be able to quickly read and follow the plot line of the novel.

  • McLean
    2019-02-16 16:37

    This story is a fairly paint-by-numbers standard melodrama. And yet I found it surprisingly more clever and funny than I was expecting. Definitely worth the read, and something I anticipate revisiting in the future.

  • Tallon Kennedy
    2019-02-19 21:20

    P cool. Amelia is great.

  • Georgiana 1792
    2019-02-18 19:45

    Perché Jane Austen scelse questa commedia per Mansfield Park? Cosa avevano da obiettare Fanny e, in un primo momento, Edmund alla scelta di questa commedia?Diciamo che già sul titolo tedesco dell'opera da cui è stata tratta questa piece teatrale, Das Kind der Liebe (Il figlio dell'amore), ci sarebbe da obiettare. L'opera infatti doveva essere rappresentata a Mansfield Park da numerose signorine nubili, e non era bene che venissero messe in contatto con una situazione che all'epoca sarebbe stata considerata piuttosto delicata. Un conto era andarla a vedere a teatro, un altro conto recitarla.Tanto più che una di loro doveva interpretare la parte della donna sedotta e abbandonata. Maria, nell'imporsi per la parte di Agatha, trova come giustificazione il suo essere fidanzata, al contrario della più giovane e "ingenua" Julia. In realtà lei vuole fortemente quel ruolo per poter stringere ripetutamente al seno Henry Crawford/Frederick, il figlio dell'amore.Riguardo agli altri ruoli, credo che Anhalt sia perfetto per Edmund e il Conte Cassel per Rushworth; c'è quasi una corrispondenza.Anche Mary Crawford come Amelia è perfetta, sebbene il personaggio della commedia non si faccia scrupoli a scegliere un umile precettore/ecclesiastico per amore, senza pretendere da lui che abbia ambizioni che ne migliorino il valore sociale. È evidente che Amelia sia innamorata del suo Anhalt, mentre di Mary Crawford continuo a nutrire i miei dubbi.Tutti i commenti al GdL sul Diario delle Lizzies/Old Friends & New Fancieshttp://ildiariodellelizzies.blogspot....

  • Larry Piper
    2019-02-11 20:39

    Like almost everyone else in the world, I only read this play because it figures strongly in the plot of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. The play is a bit silly and moralistic for readers more than two centuries removed from its origination. I think, however, it might work today if produced as a kind of farce. In my mind, I'm trying to cast my favorite local thespians in the various parts. Alas, one of the best of them, Hugh Metzler, has passed on. Still, it does treat, as does Mansfield Park, the very real problems that exist when one's wealth and position lead them to bend moral laws to their own venal pursuits. Once again, we see a facet of the absolute evil inherited wealth regularly sponsors.

  • Rex Libris
    2019-02-09 15:18

    In its day, Lovers' Vows was supposed to be a little racy and controversial. A woman is left destitute because she had an illegitimate child, and 20 years later meets up with the father of the child who is trying to keep his daughter from his marriage marrying a man who has illegitmate children.The play is probably most famous because it was the play that was to performed in Austen's Mansfield Park, until Sir Thomas returned and put an end to the impropriety.

  • Romina
    2019-02-01 20:23

    Reminded me of a cheap slapstick comedy. As many others stated before me, I read it since it was mentioned in Mansfield Park and was supposed to be a scandal that they performed it, so I was curious.It's an over-dramatized 18th century play, however I guess it can be commended for broaching subjects that for those times were completely unacceptable to mention, esp. for a woman to do so.I'm glad I read it, but won't be doing so again. Once was enough.

  • Kay
    2019-02-21 14:45

    This is a truly dreadful play adapted from a German original which I suspect was equally poor. The characters and plot are unconvincing. The comic butler is painful and the ending an appalling sentimental tableau. However it's thoughtto be the play that features in Mansfield Park, which may explain Thomas Bertram's opposition to modern theatricals.

  • Captain Jacq
    2019-02-05 19:19

    I was very excited when I found this play. I had only heard about it from "Mansfield Park" and was not sure if it was a real play. I found it very entertaining and a quite, light read. I highly recommend this novel for Jane Austen and regency era fans.

  • Zan
    2019-02-10 15:37

    Ridiculous and revealing when read as a companion piece to Mansfield Park. The Count and butler are hilarious, but the overall plot is melodramatic and silly. I'm glad to have read it, but it was really ridiculous.

  • Maren
    2019-02-18 16:41

    Funnier than I thought it would be. No wonder Tom Bertram wanted to be the Rhyming Butler--and *thank goodness* Mrs. Inchbald saved him (the Butler, that is) from his "dangerous insignificance"!

  • Julie
    2019-01-21 15:15

    Umm parts were quite funny?

  • Anna
    2019-02-19 20:33

    Waaaaaay better then I had anticipated! :D

  • Britt, Book Habitue
    2019-02-18 20:43

    As a modern reader it's pretty funny to read this when one thinks of all the bother it caused in Mansfield Park, lol.

  • Chris
    2019-02-14 15:16

    Not as bad as I expected it to be, based on what Fanny Price's opinion was.

  • Dillon
    2019-02-16 17:22

    Quite an interesting play. I read it after Mansfield Park.

  • Diana
    2019-01-29 19:29

    Interesting as a companion to Mansfield Park, but...

  • Jay Riley
    2019-01-24 19:33

    Classic play. Thoroughly enjoyed this literature that got free advert through Jane Austen. I was surprised to see it end so soon. A fanfic is in order!

  • Kat
    2019-02-02 13:31

    The text isn't half bad and neither are the readers. LibriVox dramatic readings tend to have audio issues, but everyone working on this had a decent mike.

  • Alecsandra Velez
    2019-02-03 17:16

    I probably liked this more than I should have, but it was just so ridiculously dramatic that I couldn't help it. ETA: I read it to see what all the fuss was about it in Mansfield Park.