Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 64 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: February 5, 1992
Publisher: Dover Publications
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0486270653
ISBN - 13: 9780486270654
About the Book
One of the best of Moliere's plays--and one of the greatest of all
comedies--exposing the absurdities of social and literary
pretension. Publisher's Note.
From the Publisher
One of the best of Molière''s plays and one of the greatest
of all comedies spotlighting the absurdities of social and
literary pretension, focusing on a man who is quick to criticize
the faults of others, yet remains blind to his own. Publisher''s
From the Jacket
Written during the triumphant final years of Moliere''s career, these seven works represent the mature flowering of his artistry and the most profound development of his vision of humanity. They are essential to appreciating the full genius of this greatest and best-loved French comic author.
About the Author
The French dramatist Moliere was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin on January 15, 1622, in Paris. The son of a wealthy tapestry merchant, he had a penchant for the theater from childhood. In 1636, he was sent off to school at the Jesuit College of Claremont and in 1643, he embarked upon a 13-year career touring in provincial theater as a troupe member of Illustre Theatre, a group established by the family Bejarts. He married a daughter of the troupe, Armande Bejart, in 1662 and changed his name to Moliere. The French King Louis XIV, becoming entranced with the troupe after seeing a performance of The Would-Be Gentleman, lent his support and charged Moliere with the production of comedy ballets in which he often used real-life human qualities as backdrops rather than settings from church or state. Soon, Moliere secured a position at the Palais-Royal and committed himself to the comic theater as a dramatist, actor, producer, and director. Moliere is considered to be one of the preeminent French dramatists and writers of comedies; his work continues to delight audiences today. With L'Ecole des Femmes (The School for Wives) Moliere broke with the farce tradition, and the play, about the role played by women in society and their preparation for it, is regarded by many as the first great seriocomic work of French literature. In Tartuffe (1664), Moliere invented one of his famous comic types, that of a religious hypocrite, a character so realistic that the king forbade public performance
From Our Editors
Written during the triumphant final years of Moliere's career, these seven works represent the mature flowering of his artistry and the most profound development of his vision of humanity. They are essential to appreciating the full genius of this greatest and best-loved French comic author.