Moliere In an Hour

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On February 17, 1673, coughing and wheezing on stage, Molière struggled to finish the fourth performance of his latest play, The Imaginary Invalid. Ironically, while he was fighting what was probably tuberculosis, he played the lead role of a hypochondriac. But as the audience laughed, Molière was coughing up blood. Eventually, Molière collapsed as the curtain came down, dying later that night. Though tragic, it is fitting that Molière ended his life on stage. An actor, producer and playwright, he devoted his ...

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On February 17, 1673, coughing and wheezing on stage, Molière struggled to finish the fourth performance of his latest play, The Imaginary Invalid. Ironically, while he was fighting what was probably tuberculosis, he played the lead role of a hypochondriac. But as the audience laughed, Molière was coughing up blood. Eventually, Molière collapsed as the curtain came down, dying later that night. Though tragic, it is fitting that Molière ended his life on stage. An actor, producer and playwright, he devoted his life to being a complete man of the theater.

Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Molière and the plays he wrote. Read Molièe in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:

• Molière in an Hour, the main essay of the book

• Molière In a Minute, a snapshot chronology

• A complete listing of Molière's work

• A list of Molière's contemporaries in all fields

• Excerpts from Molière's significant works

• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader

• An index of the main essay.

Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek masters to contemporary writers, and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the playwright and his or her work in historical, social, andliterary context.

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Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
Examiner.com
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a quick and easy alternative to Wikipedia ...
LA Times Online
Is there a more trustworthy source [than Wikipedia] that can offer a quick fix of theatrical knowledge? The publishing house Smith & Kraus perhaps has the answer... ? a kind of Red Bull for theater buffs ...
Midwest Book Review
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is]...remarkable....outstanding, yet inexpensive, and thoroughly 'reader frendly', making it a strongly recommended supplement for academic curriculums, community theater groups, and public library collections.
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.
The Dartmouth
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a succinct crash course on the lives of 27 influential dramatists throughout history ...
Washington Post
... each book [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] contains a wealth of information ... that will get any novice out of a date jam or provide a veteran playgoer with fresh insights on an old favorite... . The series delivers succinctness with depth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936232192
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Playwrights in an Hour
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,399,821
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Baker is senior dramaturg at Hartford Stage, where he has been since 1998, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts. He previously served as the dramaturg for The Shakespeare Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and the Alley Theatre and taught at the University of North Carolina and the Hartt School. As a director he has staged many works, including his own play for children, Calliope Jam. A contributor to the book The Production Notebooks, his articles have appeared in Theatre Journal, Hog River Journal, American Theatre magazine, the Hartford Courant, and the book The Lively ART.

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