The Way of the World

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Courier Corporation, 1994 - Drama - 80 pages
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One of the greatest of all Restoration comedies, this knowing comedy of manners depicts the scheming of a nest of shallow, deceitful aristocrats to prevent two lovers from marrying. The play abounds with felicitous phrasing, delicious verbal battles of the sexes and a depth of feeling and sensitivity that elevate it far above other plays in the genre. This inexpensive edition, complete and unabridged, makes it widely available to today's readers. Note. New footnotes. "Commendatory Verses" by Sir Richard Steele.
  

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User Review  - TiffanyAK - LibraryThing

I actually read an online version of this text provided by my teacher as part of my Introduction to Drama course, so this is not the same version I'm writing about, but is the same work. While it is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Isa_Lavinia - LibraryThing

Perhaps this is better if you actually watch the play, but reading it... It is witty, but the plot is too convoluted and the characters' names don't help when it comes to keeping who is who clear, much less who is doing what (or usually whom). Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
xiii
Act the First
1
Act the Second
14
Act the Third
27
Act the Fourth
45
Act the Fifth
62
Epilogue
79
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William Congreve was a playwright. He was born in February 1670 in Bardsey Grange, England. Congreve attended Trinity College, Dublin, and was admitted to the Middle Temple to study law. Congreve completed his first play, The Old Bachelor, in 1690. He became associated with John Dryden, collaborating with him on translations of the satires of Juvenal and Persius in 1693. Congreve's second play, Love for Love, was also successful and Congreve became a manager of the theater that staged it. Other plays followed, including The Way of the World in 1700. Congreve died on January 19, 1729.

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