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The Barber of Seville and the Marriage of Figaro

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Publisher Comments:

A French courtier, secret agent, libertine and adventurer, Beaumarchais (1732-99) was also author of two sparkling plays about the scoundrelly valet Figaro—triumphant successes that were used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Rossini. A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. And The Marriage of Figaro—condemned by Louis XVI for its daring satire of nobility and privilege—depicts a master and servant set in opposition by their desire for the same woman. With characteristic lightness of touch, Beaumarchais created an audacious farce of disguise and mistaken identity that balances wit, frivolity and seriousness in equal measure.

Synopsis:

Beaumarchais was a man of immense wit and feeling and it is our loss that his two great plays are only known to us through Rossini and Mozart. It was Beaumarchais who brought fun back into the theatre and broke the convention of formality which had grown up since Moliere.

Synopsis:

Known to us almost exclusively through the operas of Rossini and Mozart, these two plays, written with a delightfully light touch, marked high points in eighteenth-century comedy.

About the Author

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was born in Paris in 1732. The son of a clockmaker, he was early appointed horologist to the French court. A rich marriage established his fortunes and thereafter he pursued an adventurous career as financial speculator, confidential agent, gun-runner and, ultimately, man of letters. His literary career began inauspiciously with Eugénie (1767), an unsuccessful bourgeois drama in the manner of Diderot, but his numerous lawsuits soon gave him the ammunition for a very successful series of Mémoires, in which he attacked his adversaries, establishing his reputation. His most famous works today, however, are the comedies The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, which formed the basis of the operas by Rossini and Mozart. Beaumarchais died in 1799.

John Wood was born in 1900 and went to Manchester University. After some years in teaching and adult education he spent his working life in educational administration. Concern with the relevance of the arts in education, combined with personal predilection, led to involvement with the theatre and with the work of Molière in particular, as producer and translator. He also translated The Misanthrope and Other Plays and The Miser and Other Plays for Penguin Classics.

John Wood was born in 1900 and went to Manchester University. After some years in teaching and adult education he spent his working life in educational administration. Concern with the relevance of the arts in education, combined with personal predilection, led to involvement with the theatre and with the work of Molière in particular, as producer and translator. He also translated The Misanthrope and Other Plays and The Miser and Other Plays for Penguin Classics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140441338
Translator:
Wood, John
Author:
Beaumarchais, Pierre De
Translator:
Wood, John
Author:
Beaumarchais, Pierre-Augustin Caron de
Author:
Beaumarchais, Pierre-Augustin
Author:
de Beaumarchais, Pierre
Author:
De Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron
Author:
Wood, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
French drama
Subject:
Barbers
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Comedies
Subject:
Barbers -- Spain -- Seville -- Drama.
Subject:
Music | Opera
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin classics
Series Volume:
TD/B/388
Publication Date:
19640631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.80x5.18x.56 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140441338 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Beaumarchais was a man of immense wit and feeling and it is our loss that his two great plays are only known to us through Rossini and Mozart. It was Beaumarchais who brought fun back into the theatre and broke the convention of formality which had grown up since Moliere.
"Synopsis" by ,

Known to us almost exclusively through the operas of Rossini and Mozart, these two plays, written with a delightfully light touch, marked high points in eighteenth-century comedy.

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