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William Congreve (1) (1670–1729)

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William Congreve was born in Bardsey Grange, England on January 24, 1670. He attended Trinity College, Dublin, and was admitted to the Middle Temple to study law. He completed his first play, The Old Bachelor, in 1690. He became associated with John Dryden, collaborating with him on translations of visa mer the satires of Juvenal and Persius in 1693. His other plays include Love for Love, The Way of the World, and The Mourning Bride. He died on January 19, 1729. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av William Congreve

The Way of the World (1700) 639 exemplar
Restoration Plays (1939) — Bidragsgivare — 214 exemplar
Love for Love (1695) 105 exemplar
Six Restoration Plays (1959) — Bidragsgivare — 102 exemplar
Incognita (1692) 62 exemplar
The Double Dealer (1694) 33 exemplar
The Old Bachelor: a Comedy (1693) 18 exemplar
The Mourning Bride (2008) 15 exemplar
The works of Congreve (2004) 8 exemplar
Cosi va il mondo 1 exemplar
Congreve Complete 1 exemplar
Congreve's Works 1 exemplar

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Great Short Novels of the World (1927) — Bidragsgivare — 15 exemplar
Three Restoration Comedies (1964) — Bidragsgivare — 13 exemplar
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Bidragsgivare — 8 exemplar
An introduction to drama (1951) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
The Omnibus of Pleasure : A Pleasure Primer (1943) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar

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Dedication to Percy Dobell by the author inside front cover
 
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AlexHofmann | Nov 17, 2021 |
It was hard not to have at the back of my mind whilst watching this, the National Theatre's performance of The Beaux' Strategem by George Farquar. But how unfair. That vast auditorium at Southbank, the huge budget, a set that was enormous in all directions - how could a play reading with $20 of props and a notional idea of costume in a 200 seat theatre compare?

Being a reading, this production of The Way of the World at the Little Theatre at Adelaide Uni, was far more uncertain than a fullblown production would have been. The cast ranged from what felt like highly professional to young and inexperienced, with the unsurprising result that the roles of the latter did not engage as they presumably should have. Then there is the language, which is a challenge to the audience not because it is particularly difficult, but because we are used to Shakespearean language, whereas Restoration plays are rarely performed. We wondered if we enjoyed the second half more than the first because we were in the zone by then, we'd slipped into the idiom.

Rest here:

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bringbackbooks | 10 andra recensioner | Jun 16, 2020 |
Yeah, not so fond of Restoration theater. Too mannered, too constrained, too rule-bound. Not to mention, um, sexist. But here are: Wycherly, The Country Wife (satire/farce); Etheridge, The Man of Mode (satire/farce); Dryden, All for Love (his version of Antony & Cleopatra); Otway, Venice Preserved (baroque tragedy); Congreve, The Way of the World (I hate this play!); Farquhar, The Beaux Strategem (sentimental comedy). Yuck!
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deckla | Jul 19, 2018 |
The Way of the World is generally thought to be one of the best Restoration comedies ever written. Written by British playwright William Congreve, it premiered in the year 1700 in London.

The play is the story of Mirabell and Millamant who wish to get married to each other. But Millamant's aunt, Lady Wishfort detests Mirabell. It is also the story of Fainall who is secretly having an affair with Mrs. Marwood. Mirabell's servant Waitwell is married to Foible, Lady Wishfort's servant. On Mirabell’s instructions, Waitwell pretends to be Sir Rowland and woos Lady Wishfort.

When I started to read this play I thought it would be a comedy about the difficulties of love and marriage, sprinkled with misunderstandings, mistaken identities and so forth. But as I read the play I found it to be kind of unusual for a comedy.

The play is full of discussions on various legal and monetary issues. Marriage and love seem more about material gain than anything else. A woman’s right to property, the husband’s rights to the wife’s property, the laws regarding to divorce, etc. occupies a large portion of the play’s narrative.

The tone of the play seemed kind of serious to me. For instance, the scene where Mirabell proposes to Millamant, although comic in nature, is a discussion about pre-nuptial agreements.

Even though The Way of the World is humorous and I did enjoy it, something is definitely amiss.
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Porua | 10 andra recensioner | Apr 25, 2018 |

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