Congreve, William

(1670-1729)
   Congreve, the most prominent writer of Restoration comedies, was born at Bardsey, near Leeds, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He abandoned law for literature. His first comedy, The Old Bachelor (1693) established him as a dramatist, and in the opinion of Dryden, Congreve was the equal of Shakespeare. His comedy Double Dealer (1693) met with some opposition and some ladies were scandalized; Queen Mary, however, came to see it. Jeremy Collier, a clergyman, in his pamphlet, A View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage, accused Congreve and others of licentiousness. Congreve seems to have lost heart; his health suffered, and his literary output dried up. His body lay in state in the Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster Abbey, and Henrietta, Duchess of Marlborough, erected a monument to him in the South Aisle of Westminster Abbey with an inscription of her own writing. Some of his other publications: Love for Love, 1695 (comedy). The Mourning Bride, 1697 (tragedy). Incognita 1692 (novel). Semele, 1707 (opera). Some of his poems: "A Nymph and a Swain," "False Though She Be," "Jack Frenchman's Defeat," "The Way of the World."
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  • Congreve, William — born Jan. 24, 1670, Bardsey, near Leeds, Yorkshire, Eng. died Jan. 19, 1729, London English dramatist. He was a young protégé of John Dryden when his first major play, The Old Bachelour (1693), met with great success. Later came The Double Dealer …   Universalium

  • Congreve, William — (24 ene. 1670, Bardsey, cerca de Leeds, Yorkshire, Inglaterra–19 ene. 1729, Londres). Dramaturgo inglés. Era protegido de John Dryden cuando causó sensación con el estreno de su primera obra, The Old Bachelour [El solterón] (1693). Más tarde… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Congreve, William — (1670 1729)    Dramatist, was b. in Yorkshire. In boyhood he was taken to Ireland, and ed. at Kilkenny and at Trinity Coll., Dublin. In 1688 he returned to England and entered the Middle Temple, but does not appear to have practised, and took to… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Congreve,William — Con·greve (kŏnʹgrēv , kŏngʹ ), William. 1670 1729. English playwright known for his comedies, including Love for Love (1695) and The Way of the World (1700). * * * …   Universalium

  • CONGREVE, WILLIAM —    English comic dramatist, born near Leeds; entered a student of the Middle Temple, but soon abandoned law for literature; the Old Bachelor first brought him into repute, and a commissionership of substantial value; the production of Love for… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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  • CONGREVE (W.) — CONGREVE WILLIAM (1670 1729) D’une intelligence pétillante, et le plus brillant des dramaturges de la Restauration qui, après la longue censure imposée par Cromwell, surent donner au théâtre anglais un nouveau souffle, Congreve était tout à son… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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