"The Way of the World"
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Way of the World by William Congreve
Book DescriptionIf seventeenth- and eighteenth-century comedy differ in that the former is about sex (and adultery actually happens) while the latter is about love (and adultery is merely threatened), then Congreve - writing at the turn of the century - occupies a phase of transition. Mirabell is no saint, but he deserves the title of 'hero' for masterminding the action with the same wit and humanity with which the dramatist designed the play. Mirabell is both financially and amorously interested in the skittish Millamant, who declares that she might, with certain provisos, 'dwindle into a wife'. The introduction to this edition clarifies the playwright's and his characters' highly intricate plotting and argues that the key metaphor of the play is card-playing, in which fortune, cunning, concealment and a high trump drawn from the sleeve at the right moment will win the game - and the heiress.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780713666625
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William Congreve
Semele, Paperback (March 2013)View all books by William Congreve
Originally published in 1925, the text for this edition of Semele was compiled from the 1710 edition of Congreve's works.
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Brian Gibbons is a distinguished scholar and editor of Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists. He is the author of many critical studies and a General Editor of the New Mermaids and the New Cambridge Shakespeare series.
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