William Congreve (Jan 24 1670 - Jan 19 1729) was English dramatist who shaped the English comedy of manners through his brilliant comic dialogue, his satirical portrayal of the war of the sexes, and his ironic scrutiny of the affectations of his age. His major plays were The Old Bachelour (1693), The Double-Dealer (1693), Love for Love (1695), and The Way of the World (1700). The Way of the World is a play written by the English playwright William Congreve. It is often regarded as one of the best Restoration comedies. The plot follows two lovers, Mirabell and Millamant, and their plans on wedding. But members of their own families have something different in store for them. Interests clash, conflict emerges, love revolts - everything is set for good old English comedy.