William Congreve(redirected from Congreve, William)
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See his works, ed. by F. W. Bateson (1930) and by D. F. McKenzie (3 vol., 2011); biographies by M. E. Novak (1971) and E. W. Fosse (1888, repr. 1973); D. Mann, ed., A Concordance to the Plays of William Congreve (1973).
Born Feb. 10, 1670, in Bardsey, Yorkshire; died Jan. 19, 1729, in London. English playwright.
Congreve, who was of aristocratic descent, studied law in Dublin. In his comedies The Old Bachelor (1693), The Double-Dealer (1693), Love for Love (1695; Russian translation, 1965) and The Way of the World (1700), he masterfully depicted the corrupt morality of the aristocracy. At the same time, he did not try to moralize or castigate the vices of high society.
WORKSThe Complete Works, vols. 1–4. [London] 1923.
In Russian translation: Puti svetskoi zhizni. In Khrestomatiia po zapadnoevropeiskoi literature XVII v. Compiled by B. I. Purishev. Moscow, 1949. (An excerpt.)
REFERENCESIstoriia zapadno-evropeiskogo teatra, vol. 1. Moscow, 1956.
William Congreve. Edited by B. Morris. London-Totowa (N.J.) .