- William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World (1700), like The Importance of Being Earnest, features romance, mix-ups, and high comedy, though of a broader and bawdier variety.
- Wilde's novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray has elements of gothicism and melodrama. It tells the story of a corrupt young man who never ages, instead, his portrait ages as he should.
- Noel Coward's plays Private Lives (1930) and
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