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- DescriptionThis memorable collection gathers the plays of the great social satirist and playwright Moliere, representing the many facets of his genius and offering a superb introduction to the comic inventiveness, richness of prose and insight that make up Moliere's enduring legacy to theatre, literature and the world. The collection includes the following plays: The Ridiculous Precieuses, The School for Husbands, The School for Wives, The Critique of the School for Wives, The Versailles Impromptu, Tartuffe & Don Juan.
- Author Biography<b>Moliere</b>, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in1622, began his career as an actor before becoming a playwright who specialized in satirizing the institutions and morals of his day. In 1658, his theater company settled in Paris in the Theater du Petit-Bourbon. The object of fierce attack because of such masterpieces as <i>Tartuffe</i> and<i> Don Juan</i>, Moliere nonetheless won the favor of the public. In 1665, his company became the King s Troupe, and the following year saw the staging of <i>The Misanthrope</i>, as well as <i>The Doctor in Spite of Himself</i>. In 1668, he produced his bitterly comic <i>The Miser</i> and, in the remaining years before his death, created such plays as <i>The Would-Be Gentleman</i>, <i>The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin</i>, and <i>The Learned Women</i>. In 1673, Moliere collapsed onstage while performing his last play, <i>The Imaginary Invalid</i>, and died shortly thereafter. <b>Donald M. Frame</b> was Moore Professor of French at Columbia University and an acclaimed scholar and translator of French literature. Among his notable works of translation are <i>The Complete Essays of Montaigne</i>, <i>The Complete Works of Rabelais</i>, and the Signet Classics <i>Tartuffe & Other Plays </i>and <i>Candide, Zadig, and Selected Stories</i>. <b>Virginia Scott </b>is Professor Emerita in the Department of Theater of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author of <i>Moliere: A Theatrical Life</i>, <i>The Commedia Dell Arte in Paris</i>, and <i>Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen s Day: Catherine de Medici and Pierre de Ronsard at Fontainebleau</i> (with Sara Sturm-Maddox).
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- Date of Publication09/07/2015
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Weight212 g
- Width106 mm
- Height170 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Translated byDonald M. Frame
- Foreword byVirginia Scott
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