The Barber Of Seville And The Marriage Of Figaro

Paperback | June 30, 1964

byPIERRE-AUGUSTIN BEAUMARCHAISTranslated byJohn WoodIntroduction byJohn Wood

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The sparkling plays about the scoundrelly valet Figaro, used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Roissini 

A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. And The Marriage of Figaro—condemned by Louis XVI for its daring satire of nobility and privilege—depicts a master and servant set in opposition by their desire for the same woman. With characteristic lightness of touch, Beaumarchais—a French courtier, secret agent, libertine, and adventurer—created an audacious farce of disguise and mistaken identity that balances wit, frivolity and seriousness in equal measure.

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 When the Barber of Saville is mentioned, most people’s thoughts turn to Bugs Bunny spinning Elmer Fudd around in a barber’s chair or at best, the operas made famous by Rossini or Mozart. Ironically, least known and appreciated are the original plays penned by Beaumarchais that originally brought the story to life. Reputed to have base...

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The sparkling plays about the scoundrelly valet Figaro, used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Roissini A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. And The Marriage of Figaro—condemned by Louis XVI for its ...

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A French courtier, secret agent, libertine and adventurer, Beaumarchais (1732-99) was also author of two sparkling plays about the scoundrelly valet Figaro—triumphant successes that were used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Rossini. A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling...

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was born in Paris in 1732. The son of a clockmaker, he was early appointed horologist to the French court. A rich marriage established his fortunes and thereafter he pursued an adventurous career as financial speculator, confidential agent, gun-runner and, ultimately, man of letters. His literary c...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:June 30, 1964Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140441336

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 When the Barber of Saville is mentioned, most people’s thoughts turn to Bugs Bunny spinning Elmer Fudd around in a barber’s chair or at best, the operas made famous by Rossini or Mozart. Ironically, least known and appreciated are the original plays penned by Beaumarchais that originally brought the story to life. Reputed to have based the main character’s many vices on his own, Beaumarchais received Voltaire’s accolades for the scope of his talent which shines nowhere as bright as in The Barber of Saville and it’s sequel The Marriage of Figaro.