William Congreve: Love For Love (2141 words)


Love for Love (1695) is the third of Congreve’s comedies, following close on the heels of The Double Dealer (1693), whose humor proved uncomfortably sharp to late seventeenth-century audiences (it was not a success). Hoping to broaden his pallet, Congreve’s third comedy moved out of the claustrophobic setting of a single room and placed all of London on stage; besides the fashionable drawing rooms of the beau monde, it is also highly topical, name-dropping scandalous locales such as Knightsbridge and World’s-End (one a haunt of highwaymen, and the other an infamous inn). Congreve also invokes the world beyond Europe through the character of Ben Sampson, who speaks of Antegoa …

Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "Love For Love". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 December 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3838, accessed 23 October 2020.]

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