Excerpt from Moliere: His Life and His Works Moliere - to give to Jean Baptiste Poquelin the name by which he made himself kwn to posterity, just as Marie Francois Arouet is remembered only as Voltaire - Moliere is in many ways the central figure in all French literature. He is the embodiment of certain dominant characteristics of the French people; in him we find its social instinct, its hatred of affectation, its lack of spirituality, its relish for the concrete, its girding humor and its dramatic ingenuity. But he is more than French, for his genius transcends the boundaries of race; it has the solid elements of the universal and of the permanent. Moliere is the great master of comedy in its finest t less than in its broadest aspects. He is the foremost of comic dramatists, the model of all who came after him and the superior of almost all who went before. The humorous fantasies of Aristophanes are t narrowly comedy, - rather are they lyrical-burlesque. The lauded comedies of Menander are lost to us, and they can w be dimly glimpsed only through Latin adaptations. Plautus, as robust a fun-maker as Moliere, lacks elevation as he lacks breadth of outlook. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.