The Way of the World and Other Plays

  • Title: The Way of the World and Other Plays
  • Author: William Congreve Eric S. Rump
  • ISBN: 9780141441856
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
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    With piercing accuracy William ongreve depicted the shallow, brittle world of society where the right artifice in manners, fashion and conversation and money eased the passage to success Through sparkling, witty dialogue and brilliant characterisation Lady Plyant, Valentine, Lady Touchwood, Mirabell and Millamant Congreve exposed the follies and vanities of that worWith piercing accuracy William ongreve depicted the shallow, brittle world of society where the right artifice in manners, fashion and conversation and money eased the passage to success Through sparkling, witty dialogue and brilliant characterisation Lady Plyant, Valentine, Lady Touchwood, Mirabell and Millamant Congreve exposed the follies and vanities of that world, and suggested that behind the glinting mirror lay something brutal The language is everywhere that of Men of Honour, but their Actions are those of Knaves a proof that he was perfectly well acquainted with human Nature, and frequented what we call polite company Voltaire Congreve quitted the stage in disdain, and comedy left it with him A contemporary

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    About William Congreve Eric S. Rump


    1. 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. I read this for my prelim exams (did not read the other plays in this collection). In general it was a fun play, and I especially enjoyed the fourth act. I've not read many Restoration comedies, but I liked this one a bit more than Beggar's Opera, but not as much as The Country Wife. This play was interesting in that it focused predominantly on one family, and all the characters were in some way related to each other, either by blood or through marriage. The standout character is Lady Wishfort. [...]

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    2. Great Caesar's Ghost. I was so anxious for this one to be over that I quit it with only 25 pages left to go. I had lost the narrative thread of the last play (assuming there ever was one) and there was no way in hell I was going to go back to try to pick it up. Look, I don't like reading plays. I've been upfront about that. But I'm open to the possibility that the play will come along that changes my mind about it. But it wasn't any of these which were, to me, an absolute tangle of plot and char [...]

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    3. I just finished re-reading this play. It's really confusing at times; however, it's easily one of the best -- if not THE best -- Restoration play. Brilliant characterization, witty prose, and a marriage contract scene that encapsulates the best and the worst of eighteenth century culture.

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    4. One of the best comedic playwrights of the Restoration, Congreve sharply skewers society's artifices with razor sharp wit and intellect.

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    5. I only read The Way of the World, not the other plays.

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