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The School for Wives

The School for Wives

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by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, Ranjit Bolt
     
 

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Molière, undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of comedy in the history of theatre, won enormous success for The School for Wives (L’Ecole des Femmes) in Paris in 1662; yet this highly popular play, satirising ridiculous male attitudes to women, aroused as much hostility as critical acclaim. Arnolphe, a narrow-minded merchant hoping to marry his

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Molière, undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of comedy in the history of theatre, won enormous success for The School for Wives (L’Ecole des Femmes) in Paris in 1662; yet this highly popular play, satirising ridiculous male attitudes to women, aroused as much hostility as critical acclaim. Arnolphe, a narrow-minded merchant hoping to marry his young ward, Agnès, is obsessed with the fear of being made a cuckold. But all his artful plans serve only to speed him towards the fate he is so desperate to avoid.

Molière himself first played the hapless merchant, and this believable character in an all too believable predicament both startled and delighted his public. This highly successful translation of The School for Wives, directed by Sir Peter Hall, ran in the West End for six months.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times
It once more shows that Molière can be funny, blithe and totally enchanting.
NY Newsday
...a thing of joy...a carefree, happy and sparkling romp to be seen and enjoyed by young and old alike.
NY Post
...warmth, the richness of smiling humanity and a marvelous quality of humorous zest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849435871
Publisher:
OBERON BOOKS Ltd
Publication date:
06/11/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
187 KB

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School For Wives 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This seemingly abridged novel is not really abridged at all - it's just short! I was looking for a quick and easy read for school and let me tell you: this book was not easy, thus it was not quick. By the way, is this supposed to be a book or a play? Whoever wrote this confusing book should be fired.