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The Author's Farce is a play by the English playwright and novelist
Henry Fielding, first performed on 30 March 1730 at the Little Theatre,
Haymarket. Written in response to the Theatre Royal's rejection of his
earlier plays, The Author's Farce was Fielding's first theatrical
success. The first and second acts deal with the attempts of the
central character, Harry Luckless, to woo his landlady's daughter, and
his efforts to make money by writing plays. In the second act, he
finishes a puppet theatre play titled The Pleasures of the Town, about
the Goddess Nonsense's choice of a husband from allegorical
representatives of theatre and other literary genres. After its
rejection by one theatre, Luckless's play is staged at another. The
third act becomes a play within a play, in which the characters in the
puppet play are portrayed by humans. The Author's Farce ends with a
merging of the play's and the puppet show's realities. The play
established Fielding as a popular London playwright, and the press
reported that seats were in great demand. Although largely ignored by
critics until the 20th century, most agree that the play is primarily a
commentary on events in Fielding's life, signalling his transition from
older forms of comedy to the new satire of his contemporaries.
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The only real hope of people today is probably a renewal of our
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thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal
respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this
imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being,
the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our
own existence. Only someone who submits to the authority of the
universal order and of creation, who values the right to be a part of
it and a participant in it, can genuinely value himself and his
neighbors, and thus honor their rights as well.