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 (ĕth′ər-ĭj, ĕth′rĭj), Sir George 1635?-1692?
English playwright of the Restoration whose comedic works, such as She Would if She Could (1668), gave rise to the comedy of manners as a dramatic form.
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(Biography) Sir George. ?1635–?92, English Restoration dramatist; author of the comedies The Comical Revenge (1664), She would if she could (1668), and The Man of Mode (1676)
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(ˈɛθ ər ɪdʒ, ˈɛθ rɪdʒ)

Sir George, 1635?–91, English playwright.
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In comedy, during the first part of the period, stand Sir George Etherege and William Wycherley.
Etherege, whose husband you found so easy when the police and everyone had given him up for dead.
At Rome its masters were Catullus and Martial; in England, Suckling, Lovelace, Etherege, Herrick, Landor, Praed, Thackeray" ("Vers de Societe," Manchester Times, May 28, 1870, p.
The Man of Mode, or Sir Fopling Flutter, George Etherege; dir: Christopher Marino.
The discussion also makes me want to return to Etherege's Man of Mode to think about the staging and the role of Medley as satirist in that play's plot.
The OED's second instance is taken from Sir George Etherege's She wou'd if she cou'd (1668), where it is applied three times to the disreputable Rakehell, once in the cast list and twice by other characters, most interestingly by Sir Joslin when introducing Rakehell to Sir Oliver: "Let me commend this ingenious Gentleman to your Aquaintance; he is a Knight of Industry" ([1688] 1888, 173).
His comic villainous roles included Cheatly in Thomas Shadwell's Squire of Alsatia (1688), and in George Etherege's The Comical Revenge (1664) he played Wheadle, the gamester.
(2) Norman Holland, The First Modern Comedies: The Significance of Etherege, Wycherley and Congreve (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1959), 236.
(30) Born in Somerset in ca 1524, he worked his way through the university system at Oxford, studying at Corpus Christi under the composer and Greek scholar George Etherege, and supplicating for his BA in 1544.
Dorimant in Etherege's The Man of Mode (1676) has been taken by critics as everything from a devil-figure to a much-to-be-admired libertine rake hero.
He mentions Castiglione's The Courtier as perhaps a singular anticipation of the cool, ignoring or ignorant of Restoration Comedy heroes of Etherege and Congreve or Algernon Moncrieff or any number of characters, real and fictional, who form the dandy tradition, which the really hip continued in odd ways.
More rarely is it mentioned that these complaints occur in "Etherege," the second of the three drafts on the American Claimant, and in "Etherege" only--there is nothing equivalent in either "Grimshawe" or the two "Septimius" manuscripts.