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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 theat ...more
Published (first published October 28th 1982)
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actually, my copy was published in 1944, but who's counting, honestly...

so, 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!

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.
I love restoration comedies. They are full of wit and innuendo. I regret that Congreve did not put out more.
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"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
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