Etherege, Sir George

Etherege, Sir George ĕth´ərĭj [key], 1636–1692, English dramatist. His witty, licentious comedies— The Comical Revenge or, Love in a Tub (1664) and She Wou'd If She Cou'd (1668)—set the tone of the Restoration comedy of manners that Congreve was to continue. His last play, The Man of Mode (1676), is famous for its creation of the great fop, Sir Fopling Flutter. His years spent as English minister to Ratisbon (1685–89) are recorded in his Letterbook (ed. by Sybil Rosenfeld, 1928).

See his works (2 vol., ed. by H. F. B. Brett-Smith, 1927 repr. 1971) study by A. Huseboe (1987).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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