Brunetière's essays in French literature by Ferdinand BrunetièreBrunetière's essays in French literature by Ferdinand Brunetière

Brunetière's essays in French literature

byFerdinand Brunetière

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... THE PHILOSOPHY OF MOLIERE I Know it is difficult to make oneself understood, and I willingly admit that whoever does not succeed in doing so has himself to blame. But really, with every allowance for my own incompetence, I would never have believed it would have been so hard to convince certain Frenchmen--dramatic authors, professors, journalists, and lecturers--that Moliere would not be Moliere had he not thought sometimes; that there is something more in him than a classic Labiche; and that after seeing the Ecole des Femmes or the Malade imaginaire, and laughing heartily at Arnolphe or the worthy Argan, we still carry away with us something to think over for a long time. For having dared to say so, indeed, I find that I am reminded on all hands of the false modesty which is expected of the commentator, and I would have required to treat Moliere as a merry-andrew or buffoon, in order not to cause alarm among those who will on no account allow their notion of him to be disturbed; or rather, according to their view, it is in this way that he will now have to be treated. "Come away, Baptiste, make us laugh," said Moliere ESSAYS IN FRENCH LITERATURE to Lulli, when he felt the need of laughing at other fooling than his own--which, moreover, is not always clever,--and the story goes that the Florentine did his best. So too it seems that we do not nowadays ask more of him whom his century called "the contemplator" than amusement. Jester he was, and jester let him remain! His whole business is to amuse us, and if we haven't paid for it, our fathers have! Only we forget that he would be dead, like so many others who none the less did not fail to amuse the good folk of their time, had there been nothing more in his work than in theirs; and that,...
Title:Brunetière's essays in French literatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021773197X

ISBN - 13:9780217731973