William Congreve

(24 or 31 January 1670 - 19 January 1729)
William Congreve (1670-1729)

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William Congreve (1670-1729)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Congreve, William, 1670-1729. The tears of Amaryllis for Amyntas. A pastoral: Lamenting the death of the late Lord Marquis of Blanford. ... By Mr. Congreve. London: printed for Jacob Tonson, 1703. [4],8p. ; 2⁰. (ESTC T14538; OTA K027505.000)
  • Congreve, William, 1670-1729. A hymn to harmony: written in honour of St. Cecilia's day, M DCC I. By Mr. Congreve. Set to musick by Mr. John Eccles, ... London: printed for Jacob Tonson, 1703 [1702]. [4],7,[1]p. ; 2⁰. (ESTC T122526; OTA K097986.000)
  • Congreve, William, 1670-1729. Prologue to the court: on the Queen's birth-day, 1704. London: printed for J. Tonson, 1705. 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 1/2⁰. (ESTC N260; OTA K000152.000)
  • Congreve, William, 1670-1729. A pindarique ode, humbly offer'd to the Queen, on the victorious progress of Her Majesty's arms, under the conduct of the Duke of Marlborough. To which is prefix'd, a discourse on the pindarique ode. By Mr. Congreve. London: printed for Jacob Tonson, 1706. [6],10p. ; 2⁰. (ESTC T42300; OTA K041393.000)
  • Congreve, William, 1670-1729. An impossible thing. A tale. London: printed: and sold by J. Roberts, 1720. [4],16p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T146495; OTA K113867.000)
  • Congreve, William, 1670-1729. A letter from Mr. Congreve to the Right Honourable the Lord Viscount Cobham. London: printed for A. Dodd, and E. Nutt, 1729. 6p. ; 2⁰. (ESTC T144509; OTA K112489.000)


ODNB 6069



  • Hodges, John C., ed. William Congreve: Letters and Documents. N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace & World; London: Macmillan, 1964. Print.
  • McKenzie, D. F., ed. The Works of William Congreve. Prepared for publication by C. Y. Ferdinand. Oxford: OUP, 2011. Print. 3 volumes.


  • Hodges, John C. William Congreve the Man. London: Milford, 1943. Print.


  • Bartlett, Laurence. William Congreve: a reference guide. Boston, MA: G. K. Hall, 1979. Print.
  • Erskine-Hill, Howard, and Alexander Lindsay, eds. William Congreve: The Critical Heritage. The Critical Heritage Series. London/New York: Taylor & Francis Group, 1996 [1989]. Print.

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