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.
|Publisher:||Smith & Kraus, Inc.|
|Series:||Playwrights in an Hour|
|Product dimensions:||4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About 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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