The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, and Other Plays

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This unique volume brings together four of Molière's greatest verse comedies covering the best years of his prolific writing career. Actor, director, and playwright, Molière (1622-73) was one of the finest and most influential French dramatists, adept at portraying human foibles and puncturing pomposity. The School for Wives was his first great success; Tartuffe, condemned and banned for five years, his most controversial play. The Misanthrope is his acknowledged masterpiece, and The Clever Women his last, and ...

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Overview

This unique volume brings together four of Molière's greatest verse comedies covering the best years of his prolific writing career. Actor, director, and playwright, Molière (1622-73) was one of the finest and most influential French dramatists, adept at portraying human foibles and puncturing pomposity. The School for Wives was his first great success; Tartuffe, condemned and banned for five years, his most controversial play. The Misanthrope is his acknowledged masterpiece, and The Clever Women his last, and perhaps best-constructed, verse piece. In addition this collection includes a spirited attack on his enemies and a defense of his theater, in the form of two sparkling short plays, The School for Wives Criticized and The Impromptu at Versailles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199540181
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 305,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Translator's Note
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Moliere
The School for Wives 1
The School for Wives Criticized 73
The Impromptu at Versailles 103
Tartuffe 131
The Misanthrope 207
The Clever Women 275
Explanatory Notes 347
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