William Wycherley (c. 1640 – 31 December 1715) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for the plays The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer.

He was born at Clive, Shropshire near Shrewsbury, where his family was settled on a moderate estate of about £600 a year. Like John Vanbrugh, Wycherley spent some years of his adolescence in France, where he was sent, at fifteen, to be educated in the heart of the "precious" circle on the banks of the Charente. Wycherley's friend, Major Richardson Pack, said that he there "improved, with the greatest refinements", the "extraordinary talents" for which he was "obliged to nature".

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William Wycherley Poems

William Wycherley Quotes

A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.
William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. repr. In Plays of William Wycherley, ed. W.C. Ward (1888). Dorilant, in The Country Wife, act 1 (1675).
Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by 'em.
William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Harcourt, in The Country Wife, act 1.
Women serve but to keep a man from better company.
William Wycherley (1640-1716), British dramatist. Horner, in The Country Wife, act 1.

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