George Etherege: The Man of Mode ..
George Etherege’s Man of Mode is one of the most renowned plays of Restoration England. Critic Gamini Salgado wrote, “Its chief merit consists in the uncompromising realism with which it investigates the implications of Restoration libertinism.”
Review – The Man of Mode | A West End Whinger
Sir George Etherege is perhaps the most famous Restoration playwright, best known for his Man of Mode. He is credited with creating the comedy of intrigue, and is revered for his wit, light touch, sparkling style, and unparalleled fops and dandies.
Etheredge was “a fair, slender, genteel man, but spoiled his countenance with drinking.” His contemporaries all agree in acknowledging that he was the soul of affability and sprightly good-nature. His wealth and wit, the distinction and charm of his manners, won Etheredge the general worship of society, and his temperament is best known by the names his contemporaries gave him, of “ gentle George ” and "easy Etheredge.”