A New Wonder, A Woman Never Vexed

A New Wonder, a Woman Never Vexed is a Jacobean era stage play, often classified as a city comedy. Its authorship was traditionally attributed to William Rowley, though modern scholarship has questioned Rowley's sole authorship; Thomas Heywood and George Wilkins have been proposed as possible contributors.

A New Wonder was entered into the Stationers' Register on 24 November 1631, and was first printed in quarto in 1632 by the bookseller Francis Constable. The 1632 quarto was the only edition in the seventeenth century. The play's date of authorship is uncertain; it is often assigned to the 1610–14 period. Rowley may have revised an earlier play by Heywood called The Wonder of a Woman (1595).

The play was adapted and revived by James Robinson Planché in 1824.

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A New Wonder, A Woman Never Vexed - Synopsis
... The play's second scene introduces the title character, the woman, otherwise unnamed, known as the Widow, or "the rich widow of Cornhill." The Widow is the friend and "gossip" of Mistress Foster her servant ... the first 37 years of her life with no significant troubles — she a woman who has never been "vexed." She confeses to a bit of unhappiness when her husband died...which ended when she thought of him as "stellifie ... Stephen's reversal of fortune carries him to a new height when he is selected as the next sheriff of London ...

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