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William Congreve (1670–1729)

Congreve, William. A noted English dramatist; born in Bardsey, near Leeds, in 1670; died at London, Jan. 19, 1729. A man of fashion, his comedies show a wit more brilliant than decorous and a taste less moral than critical. ‘The Old Bachelor’; ‘The Double Dealer’; ‘Love for Love’; (1695); ‘The Mourning Bride’ (1697); ‘The Way of the World’ (1700); and a few others, show great wit and facility. He is regarded as the most eminent of the Restoration dramatists. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).