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Restoration comedy

English comedy of the period of the Restoration, stressing manners and social satire. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Restoration tragedy is much less important than Restoration comedy.

  • Restoration comedy was largely based on Molire, who was brutalized by Wycherley, and adapted but not improved by Congreve.

  • The City Bride does not conform to the dominant type of Restoration comedy, but it belongs to a thriving tradition.

    The City Bride (1696) Joseph Harris
  • High poetry gradually disintegrates, and the way is prepared for the Restoration comedy.

    How to See a Play Richard Burton
  • To be sure, this was a town drama, and for the upper classes, as was the Restoration comedy and that of the eighteenth century.

    How to See a Play Richard Burton
  • They are far superior to the cold-blooded rakes of Dryden and the Restoration comedy.

    From Chaucer to Tennyson

    Henry A. Beers
  • The leading characters of Restoration comedy, from Etherege to Vanbrugh, are consciously and almost professionally wits.

    Play-Making William Archer

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