The Barber Of Seville And The Marriage Of Figaro by PIERRE-AUGUSTIN BEAUMARCHAIS

The Barber Of Seville And The Marriage Of Figaro

byPIERRE-AUGUSTIN BEAUMARCHAISTranslated byJohn WoodIntroduction byJohn Wood

Paperback | June 30, 1964

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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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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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Title:The Barber Of Seville And The Marriage Of FigaroFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:June 30, 1964Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140441336

ISBN - 13:9780140441338

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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.