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eBook The Way of the World ePub

by William Congreve

  • ISBN: 1406946303
  • Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Subcategory: Reference
  • Author: William Congreve
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hard Press (November 3, 2006)
  • Pages: 124
  • ePub book: 1224 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1844 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
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Author: William Congreve. Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII) . The way of the world a comedy. Audire est operæ pretium, procedere recte Qui mæchis non vultis. Sat. i. 2, 37. -Metuat doti deprensa. To the right honourable ralph, earl of mountague, etc.

William Congreve was born on January 24th, 1670 in Bardsey, West Yorkshire. Congreve’s childhood was spent in Ireland (his father, a Lieutenant in the British Army had received a posting there). He was educated at Kilkenny College and then Trinity College in Dublin. After graduating he returned to London to study law at Middle Temple. However his interest in studying law soon lessened as the attraction of literature, drama, and the fashionable life began to exert its pull. This first play, The Old Bachelor, was written, to amuse himself during convalescence, and was produced at the Drury Lane.

The Way of the World is a play written by the English playwright William Congreve. It premiered in early March 1700 in the theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields in London. It is widely regarded as one of the best Restoration comedies and is still occasionally performed. Initially, however, the play struck many audience members as continuing the immorality of the previous decades, and was not well received.

LibriVox recording of The Way of the World, by William Congreve. It premiered in 1700 in the theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields in London. The Way of the World is a play written by British playwright William Congreve. It is widely regarded as being one of the best Restoration comedies written and is still performed sporadically to this day. The play is based around the two lovers Mirabell and Millamant (originally famously played by John Verbruggen and Anne Bracegirdle).

William Congreve wrote this unspeakably brilliant play at the age of twenty-nine

William Congreve wrote this unspeakably brilliant play at the age of twenty-nine. Then he frittered away the rest of his life on politics, mistresses and gout. At least Orson Welles kept at it and got Touch of Evil made before drifting onto the talk-show circuit and into Carslberg commercials. Being a reading, this production of The Way of the World atthe Little Theatre at Adelaide Uni, was far more uncertain than a fullblown It was hard not to have at the back of my mind whilst watching this, the National Theatre's performance of The Beaux' Strategem by George Farquar.

Nice plot Shows the interesting grow and fall of characters. Beautiful way of the world show so beautifully.

William Congreve was a playwright. Congreve completed his first play, The Old Bachelor, in 1690. He was born in February 1670 in Bardsey Grange, England. Congreve attended Trinity College, Dublin, and was admitted to the Middle Temple to study law. Congreve's second play, Love for Love, was also successful and Congreve became a manager of the theater that staged it. Other plays followed, including The Way of the World in 1700. Congreve died on January 19, 1729.

William Congreve (1670-1729) was an English playwright, and one of the most sophisticated exponent of the comedy of manners during the Restoration era. Congreve wrote five plays before he was 30. His first, The Old Bachelor, was an enormous success at Drury Lane in 1693, in . . His first, The Old Bachelor, was an enormous success at Drury Lane in 1693, in a production starring Thomas Betterton and Mrs Bracegirdle. According to Congreve he wrote the play to amuse himself during a convalescence

William Congreve was born in Bardsey Grange, England on January 24, 1670. His other plays include Love for Love, The Way of the World, and The Mourning Bride.

William Congreve was born in Bardsey Grange, England on January 24, 1670. He attended Trinity College, Dublin, and was admitted to the Middle Temple to study law. He completed his first play, The Old Bachelor, in 1690. He died on January 19, 1729.

Get all the key plot points of William Congreve's The Way of the World on one page. Before the play begins, a number of important events have taken place in the lives of the main characters, which Congreve reveals throughout the play

Get all the key plot points of William Congreve's The Way of the World on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes. Before the play begins, a number of important events have taken place in the lives of the main characters, which Congreve reveals throughout the play. Arabella’s first husband, Languish, has died and left her his fortune. She begins a secret affair with Edward Mirabell. They end the affair and she gets married to a man Mirabell has selected (Fainall) because Mirabell is afraid that they will conceive a child out of wedlock (Congreve never explains why Mirabell just doesn’t marry her himself).

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RUsich155 RUsich155
This is listed as an "Annotated" edition, which implies that it will include actual annotations/comments about the text to support and deepen understanding while reading. No such annotations are included. Even the study questions at the end of the play aren't related directly to the book. The format of the play is fine, and the Kindle version is helpful for highlighting and making your own annotations.
Xirmiu Xirmiu
Well, you just have to read this one (it's a play) if you want a fuller understanding of early 18th century habits, intrigue, comedy, and male-female intellectual (and implied sexual) sparring. Surprisingly, we still use many of Congreve's quotes in our usual conversations -- "Music has charms to soothe the savage beast..."
Dorilune Dorilune
Perfect RESTORATION
Gamba Gamba
Good condition
Xwnaydan Xwnaydan
I bought this so I wouldn't have to spend a fortune on the book for school. Well this Kindle edition is so abridged, I found I didn't read half of the play. Don't waste your dollar. Find another version of this play.
TheSuspect TheSuspect
I actually read an online version of this text provided by my teacher as part of my Introduction to Drama course, so this is not the same version I'm writing about, but is the same work. While it is a great example of Restoration Comedy, I personally didn't care for it much. The version we were provided with didn't include any notes or summaries, which I ended up looking up online to help me follow the events, since the language is rather hard to follow even when read slowly and carefully. Fortunately, with some help from the summaries, I was able to follow it well enough to gain an appreciation for it, even if I personally found it tedious to keep track of. Yet, there's definitely humor there, and it is rather distinct from other works we read in the class, or that I've read outside of it. It is also a Comedy of Manners, which provides a great backdrop to see evolve over time if you read other plays in the genre. So, somewhat entertaining, but not one I'm likely to add to my personal collection, though it is worth a read.
Brick my own Brick my own
The first three acts of William Congreve's play, The Way of the World (1700), involve little action. The scenes focus on introducing and contrasting characters, highlighting witty dialogue, and slowly revealing details of prior events through casual references. Polite, formalized language disguises selfish motives, rivalries, deceit, and deviousness.

Selfish motives, deciet, and other negative attributes may not seem a proper basis for comedy, and yet The Way of the World warrants four stars. For comparison purposes I strongly recommend reading two other Restoration period comedies: Wycherley's The Country Wife (1675) and Etherege's The Man of Mode (1676). All three plays share a cynical view of the sanctity of marriage and portray a self-centered London society obsessed with extramarital affairs.

The action (certain steps to overcome obstacles to a marriage) in The Way of the World does not occur until the later acts. The marriage between Mirabell and Millamant proceeds only after both are assured that their financial situation will not be jeopardized. Love is secondary. Similarly, the unpleasant situation of Mrs. Fainall - a marriage without any pretence of love - remains unchanged.

While humor may be somewhat sparse in the earlier acts, the tempo clearly picks up in acts four and five. The plot becomes extremely fluid when Mirabell's inventive fraud unravels, and his rival, Mr. Fainall, gains the upper hand. However, the last act offers a delightful twist that puts things right. (Puts things right might be an overstatement given that the play's key characters are somewhat lacking in scruples.)

Although The Way of the World is only occasionally staged today, this play is often assigned reading. My favorite edition is Barron's Educational Series (1958) as it provides plentiful stage directions. In particular, indications of expression - essentially guidance to actors on the proper delivery of the dialogue - are inserted as the dialogue switches from one character to another. Examples include: "somewhat sourly recollecting the rebuff of the previous evening", "using frankness as a bait to draw equal frankness from her companion", and "too preoccupied to pay serious attention". The Barron's edition also has a lengthy introduction by Vincent Hopper and Gerald Lahey, a 5-page note on staging by George Hersey, and illustrations by Fritz Kredel.

A Crofts Classic edition (published 1951, reprinted 1985) provides a useful section titled The Argument of the Play, in which the editor, Henry T. E. Perry, summarizes events that occurred prior to the beginning of the play. (Remember that the dialogue in the early acts slowly - and often obliquely - reveals details of prior events through casual references.) Perry also discusses how William Congreve adroitly used dialogue to reveal much about the personalities of his characters.

The Way of the World can also be found in the Norton Critical Edition (1973) titled Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy. The extensive appendix includes an 80-page section titled Criticism From Lamb to the Present; two articles directly address Congreve's play: The Way of the World by Norman Holland and Form and Wit in The Way of the World by Martin Price.