William Wycherley

William Wycherley

About William Wycherley

William Wycherley was an english poet, dramatist and aphorist especially known for his plays The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer. His first work, the mock-heroic burlesque poem Hero and Leander was published anonymously in 1669. His distinction as a dramatist began, however, when his first play, Love in a Wood; or St. James's Park made its appearance on the stage in 1671 at the Theatre Royal in London. He is recognized as one of the most influential dramatists of the Restoration and is renowned for his brazen satire and witty dialogue. His social commentary, particularly condemning hypocrisy, pretense, and avarice, has created much critical attention and controversy, especially with regard to his frank treatment of moral and sexual attitudes.
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