William Wycherley (2395 words)


The Life

William Wycherley is an important figure in Restoration drama although his reputation as a dramatist rests on only four plays. The first, Love in a Wood was staged in 1671, his second The Gentleman Dancing Master in 1672, his third The Country Wife in 1675 and his fourth and last, The Plain Dealer, in 1676, after which he wrote nothing but some rather poor poetry which he published as Miscellany Poems in 1704, although he lived for another forty years. A mocking bawdy burlesque of Hero and Leander, published anonymously in 1669, is also credited to him

Wycherley was born in Clive, Shropshire, in 1641. There is some doubt about the exact date,…

Citation: Lewcock, Dawn. "William Wycherley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 September 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4818, accessed 02 August 2021.]

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