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The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]   By: (1670-1729)

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The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2] by William Congreve is a delightful collection of witty and satirical plays that showcases the author's mastery of comedic writing. Published in the late 17th century, these plays continue to entertain readers with their clever dialogue, memorable characters, and sharp social commentary.

Congreve's language and wordplay are particularly commendable, as he effortlessly weaves intricate dialogue into each play. His ability to create sharp and witty banter between characters adds depth and liveliness to the stories. Each line is carefully crafted to evoke laughter and reflection, making the reader fully engaged in the clever repartee.

The characters in Congreve's plays are both humorous and relatable. From extravagant aristocrats to cunning servants, each character is crafted with meticulous attention to detail. The witty exchanges between the characters not only provide entertainment but also shed light on the societal norms and values of the time. Congreve's portrayal of human foibles and the flaws of society remains relevant even in the modern era.

Furthermore, Congreve's satirical commentary on love, marriage, and social class adds an enjoyable layer to the plays. He skillfully exposes the hypocrisy and pretense of the upper class, highlighting their shallow concerns and preoccupations. Through his comedies, Congreve offers an insightful exploration of human nature while simultaneously delivering a dose of laughter.

The collection comprises some of Congreve's most famous works, including "The Old Batchelor," "The Double Dealer," and "Love for Love." Each play boasts a unique plot and a colorful cast of characters, ensuring there is never a dull moment. While some may find the complex language and references challenging, this volume compensates with comprehensive footnotes that aid in understanding and appreciating the richness of Congreve's writing.

It is worth mentioning that this edition includes helpful introductory notes that provide historical and literary context for each play. These insights serve as valuable resources for readers, enriching their understanding and allowing them to fully grasp the significance of Congreve's work.

The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2] is a must-read for anyone who appreciates sharp wit, clever dialogue, and thoughtful social commentary. Congreve's timeless comedy continues to resonate with audiences today, making this collection an essential addition to any literary enthusiast's library.

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Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, Printers to Her Majesty



Before repeating such known facts of Congreve's life as seem agreeable to the present occasion, and before attempting (with the courage of one's office) to indicate with truth what manner of man he was, and what are the varying qualities of his four comedies, it seems well to discuss and have done with two questions, obviously pertinent indeed, but of a wider scope than the works of any one writer.

The first is a stupid question, which may be happily dismissed with brief ceremony. Grossness of language the phrase is an assumption is a matter of time and place, a relative matter altogether. There is a thing, and a generation finds a name for it. The delicacy which prompts a later generation to reject that name is by no means necessarily a result of stricter habits, is far more often due to the flatness which comes of untiring repetition and to the greater piquancy of litotes. I am told that there are, or were, people in America who reject the word 'leg' as a gross word, but they must have found a synonym. So there is not a word in Congreve for which there is not some equivalent expression in contemporary writing... Continue reading book >>

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