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The Elegant Mind

Gerry Wycherley

The Elegant Mind is a gripping, novelistic account of William Wycherley, a dramatist of the Restoration period.

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ISBN : 978-1-78830-283-8
Published : 25/07/2019
Pages : 291
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


Gerry Wycherley

Wycherley was born in Shropshire but spent his youth in Wolverhampton where his family moved early in the Second World War. He was educated at Cardiff University in the 1950s and became a teacher.

Not fitting entirely comfortably into the role, he gave up teaching in the sixties to try his hand at writing-a lifelong interest. This proved more difficult than he first imagined, his early attempts being dismissed as too long and too complicated. It was at this time that he developed an interest in genealogy to discover the fascinating story of William Wycherley, the seventeenth century dramatist.

Yet again, his early attempts were dismissed. The Man Under the Elm was the result, now followed by its sequel, The Elegant Mind. 

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William's appearance was majestic, far removed from the innocent, naïve youth banished to France all those years ago. Tall and handsome, he could talk confidently on almost any topic, his captivating charm and eloquence drawing his audience to the edge of their seats with expectation.
With his return to England, his father sent him to London to study law. He had no interest in this and soon fell into a life of theatre, writing and pleasure. He was engaged in many intrigues, the most infamous of which was his very risky liaison with Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland, one of the several mistress' of Charles II. His dissolute life attracted the displeasure of his father, although his writing earned him the patronage of the King.
Yet, he soon had to deal with the consequences of an unwise, secret marriage and his ever rising debts.
The Elegant Mind is a gripping, novelistic account of William Wycherley, a dramatist of the Restoration period.

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