The Way of the World and Other Plays

The Way of the World and Other Plays


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The Way of the World and Other Plays by William Congreve

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 world, and suggested that behind the glinting mirror lay something more brutal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141441856
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 668,536
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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