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William Congreve (1670-1729) established his reputation at the age of 23 with The Old Bachelor.

A master of the comedy of manners, Congreve was the most elegant of the Restoration dramatists.

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bellmour: Vainlove! and abroad so early! good morrow; I thought a contemplative lover could no more have parted with his bed in a morning, than a' could have slept in't. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Such Wit 17 Nov 2007
By Page Hudson - Published on
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Like many reviewers I begin by noting Congreve is not Shakespeare. But he has nearly as much splendor and resonance, in a narrower vein, perhaps, but not less wonderful than much that the Bard wrote. 'Love for Love' is witty, urbane and silky smooth. The characters are stiffer than Shakespeare's, but Congreve writes to different conventions and uses them to reach us, his readers or viewers, more personally than one would think possible. Congreve reaches brilliant heights of humor and language. As usual, this Penguin edition is good quality and good value. If you know Congreve through other works, this is the writer at his best.... Enjoy.
"The Way of the World" is aptly named! 21 May 2014
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William Congreve is one of the most timely comedy writers in English. His humor and human insight is as rich today as it was 3 centuries ago.
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The book was in great shape and I received it in exactly the amount of time I was promised! Thanks, I would definitely do business again!
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Follow a hard act 5 Aug 2012
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I want to like The Way of the World but I can never fully understand it, maybe its me not Congreve, but there you go. I like simpler, swifter, natty, zappy stuff like Hotel Le Big Knob, but read another review as I don't understand why I can't enjoy this play.
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