The Way of the World and Other Plays

Front Cover, Jan 1, 2011 - Drama - 254 pages
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William Congreve (1670-1729) was an English poet and playwright. Congreve fashioned the English comedy of manners with his brilliant comic dialogue, sardonic depiction of fashionable society, hysterical vulgarity, and ironic scrutiny of the appearances of his age. His collection, "The Way of the World and Other Plays", depicts the shallow, brittle world of society where the right ploy in fashion, conversation, manners and money eased the passage to success. Congreve was a young protégé of John Dryden when his first major play, "The Old Bachelor" met with success. It ran for a near-record fourteen performances at the Drury Lane Theatre when Congreve was only twenty-three years old. Later came "The Double Dealer", a dark, cynical commentary on human sexuality that brought charges of lewdness and moral indecency. "Love for Love" followed in 1695 as being Congreve's gayest and most romantic comedy. Considered his masterpiece, "The Way of the World" is his last piece of work. Its purpose was to expose the often absurd, yet human passions and follies that characterize social behavior.

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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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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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