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Miser and Other Plays A New Selection

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ISBN-10: 0140447288

ISBN-13: 9780140447286

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: David Coward, John Wood, Moli�re, David Coward, David Coward

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Moliere (1622 - 73) combined all the traditional elements of comedy - wit, slapstick, spectacle and satire - with a deep understanding of character to create richly sophisticated dramas. Most are built around dangerously deluded heroes such as The Miser who threaten to blight the lives of those around them. In his first great triumph, The School for Wives (newly translated for this edition), an ageing domestic tyrant is foiled in his plans to wed his young ward. Although it was criticised for mocking the 'sacred' institution of marriage - to which Moliere hit back with a play of defence, The School for Wives Criticized - it was the alleged atheism of his dark, subversive version of Don Juan…    
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List price: $15.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

The French dramatist Moliere was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin on January 15, 1622, in Paris. The son of a wealthy tapestry merchant, he had a penchant for the theater from childhood. In 1636, he was sent off to school at the Jesuit College of Claremont and in 1643, he embarked upon a 13-year career touring in provincial theater as a troupe member of Illustre Theatre, a group established by the family Bejarts. He married a daughter of the troupe, Armande Bejart, in 1662 and changed his name to Moliere. The French King Louis XIV, becoming entranced with the troupe after seeing a performance of The Would-Be Gentleman, lent his support and charged Moliere with the production of comedy ballets in…    

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Translator's Note
The School for Wives
The School for Wives Criticized
Don Juan
The Miser
The Hypochondriac
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