This study of Congreve's plays locates his work firmly in the context of the literary, theatrical, aesthetic and political ideas of his age. Congreve is shown to be a superb literary craftsman, writing for a specific group of gifted actors who addressed the major social and political issues of his age. All his major works are analyzed in detail with particular reference to "The Way of the World". In addition, there is a brief production history of his plays in performance, as well as an account of critical responses to his work.
Literature-Fiction, Drama, British-Irish,