Amphitryon

Amphitryon

by Moliere
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559363584

ISBN-13: 2901559363586

Pub. Date: 06/01/2010

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dazzles the reader with his English verse translation of this most unusual of Moliere's plays—a play whose characters are not seventeenth-century Frenchmen but ancient Greeks and Greco-Roman gods, a play combining the flavors of vaudeville, fantasy, high comedy, farce, and even opera. The play begins with…  See more details below

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Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dazzles the reader with his English verse translation of this most unusual of Moliere's plays—a play whose characters are not seventeenth-century Frenchmen but ancient Greeks and Greco-Roman gods, a play combining the flavors of vaudeville, fantasy, high comedy, farce, and even opera. The play begins with irreverent midair banter between the gods and only literally comes down to earth thereafter. Moliere's ebullient verse, so brilliantly captured by Wilbur, adds sparkle to the proceedings throughout. In serving up this very funny tale of Jupiter's successful ruse to bed the wife of the Theban general Amphitryon, Moliere takes lusty aim at the high-handed amorality of the powerful—and says more than a few things in passing about love and marriage. "Amphitryon" shows Jupiter, Moliere, and Wilbur all at the peak of their form.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901559363586
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
120

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