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The Way of the World (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]

William Congreve
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31 Jan 1994 Dover Thrift Editions
One of the greatest of all Restoration comedies, this knowing comedy of manners depicts the scheming of a nest of shallow, deceitful aristocrats to prevent two lovers from marrying. The play abounds with felicitous phrasing, delicious verbal battles of the sexes and a depth of feeling and sensitivity.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (31 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486277879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486277875
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Occasionally a book comes to hand that is so satisfactory that one would not change it in the slightest detail. Miss Lynch''s edition of the greatest of all Restoration comedies of manners in such a book. . . . A model for 20th-century editors."-Choice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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William Congreve (24 January 1670 – 19 January 1729) was an English playwright and poet. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "'tis but the way of the world" 3 Aug 2006
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Considered in literature the finest of all the restoration comedies, and Congreves personal masterpiece. The way of the world sets out a comedy of manners, a complicated plot and several memorable characters. I studied this text for A level english literature, and ive got to say its amazing! Its completely under rated and never staged anywhere (much to my annoyance), not because it isnt well known, but because its complicated.

the plot is too complicated to explain, id be writing pages. but it is amazingly funny, witty and holds a mirror up to the failings of restoration society. it challenges the position of women in society, and criticises marriage, money and the worlds obsession with youth. A complete masterpiece. buy it now, THEN stage it, THEN give it to other people to read, THEN they will stage it, and it will get the credit it deserves, as one of the greatest plays of its generation and one of the highest points in past english literature and drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best.... 25 May 2008
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Plays I have ever read & studied. I heartily recommend this play, the content clearly shows on reflection that 'things' remain similar, if not the same throughout time. For other Restoration plays try All for Love - John Dryden and The Country Wife - William Wycherley. There are others of course and are equally as good and entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For A levels 4 Aug 2013
By K.B.
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This is a set book for my son's A level course. Arrived a little later than expected, however, which was disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Restoration Comedy 26 Nov 2012
By linz
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As a new play-reading group we are enjoying rehearsing this play although the various relationships of the characters are somewhat convoluted. Well worth ploughing through it, especially for readers who are new to this genre of literature.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing let down by the story 16 July 2014
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The mastery of the language is absolutely fantastic and if my opinion of it was based on that alone I would give it 5 stars, however the plot didn't quite have the depth for me and it didn't fully capture my attention. Enjoyable but not a 'must-read'.
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