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The Comedies of William Congreve

The Comedies of William Congreve The career of William Congreve as comic dramatist was brief but highly successful From the beginning he showed a useful knack for cultivating influential literary friends and for giving audiences what

  • Title: The Comedies of William Congreve
  • Author: William Congreve Eric S. Rump
  • ISBN: 9780140432312
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • The career of William Congreve as comic dramatist was brief but highly successful From the beginning he showed a useful knack for cultivating influential literary friends and for giving audiences what they were sure to like Early in 1693, his first comedy, The Old Batchelour, pleased the public at Drury Lane, and critics hailed the appearance of a new talent in the theatThe career of William Congreve as comic dramatist was brief but highly successful From the beginning he showed a useful knack for cultivating influential literary friends and for giving audiences what they were sure to like Early in 1693, his first comedy, The Old Batchelour, pleased the public at Drury Lane, and critics hailed the appearance of a new talent in the theatre who gave a shark edge to the theatrical conventions at the time Much was expected of Congreve s second offering, The Double Dealer, mounted later the same year Its surprisingly bitter tone disconcerted many listeners, however, and the play drew only moderate praise But this setback proved temporary, and Congreve found his reputation regained with Love for Love, and in 1700 his finest comedy of manners The Way of the World After this he wrote no comedies Aware of changing tastes in his audience, and annoyed by critical squabbles over the question of morality in his plays, he retired at the age of thirty to the life of a gentleman of leisure.

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    1. William Congreve Eric S. Rump

      William Congreve was an English playwright and poet William Congreve wrote some of the most popular English plays of the Restoration period of the late 17th century By the age of thirty, he had written four comedies, including Love for Love premiered 30 April 1695 and The Way of the World premiered 1700 , and one tragedy, The Mourning Bride 1697.Unfortunately, his career ended almost as soon as it began After writing five plays from his first in 1693 until 1700, he produced no as public tastes turned against the sort of high brow sexual comedy of manners in which he specialized He reportedly was particularly stung by a critique written by Jeremy Collier A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage , to the point that he wrote a long reply, Amendments of Mr Collier s False and Imperfect Citations A member of the Whig Kit Kat Club, Congreve s career shifted to the political sector, where he held various minor political positions despite his stance as a Whig among Tories.

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    1. actually, my copy was published in 1944, but who's counting, honestly, I only read the first play, but you know what they say, read one restoration comedy, you've read 'um all, right?this was about the shenanigans for male and female relations, class and the fact that men are always trying to sleep with women without marrying them but that women who have sex before marriage are no longer marriageable even to the men who they slept with. Weee!


    2. one of the highlights of 17th century literature. quick-paced, witty, clever, sophisticated, comedies of sex and manners. a precursor to films like "his girl friday". brilliant. "love for love" and "way of the world" the apogee of restoration comedy form. would never have happened but for the restoration of the crown. something for knucklehead republicans to ponder.



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