With piercing accuracy, William Congreve 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.

'The language is everywhere that of Men of Honour, but their Actions are those of Knaves; a proof that he was perfectly well acquainted with human Nature, and frequented what we call polite company.' - Voltaire.



ISBN: 9780141441856
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Publication Date: 27 Apr 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 1.8(W)
Weight (gm): 287


Author Biography

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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