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The Misanthrope and Other Plays (Signet Classics)

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Molière (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 which have always delighted audiences. Most are built around dangerously deluded and obsessive heroes such as The Would-Be Gentleman and The Misanthrope who threaten to blight the lives of those around them. Such Foolish Affected Ladies and Those Learned Ladies (both newly translated for this edition) expose the extravagant, fashionable fads and snobbery of the Parisian smart set, while the story of the falsely devout Tartuffe and his devoted disciple Orgon attracted huge controversy for its attack on religious hypocrisy. Finally, The Doctor Despite Himself forms a hilarious chapter in Molière's long-standing vendetta against the medical profession.

Like Shakespeare, Molière was a true man of the theatre whose comedies blend sharp insight into human nature with an unerring sense of what would work on stage and make people laugh. All his greatest achievements are included here and in the accompanying Penguin Classics volume, The Miser and Other Plays.

Synopsis:

The Misanthrope * The Doctor in Spite of Himself * The Miser * The Would-Be Gentleman * The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin * The Learned Women * The Imaginary Invalid

“The comedy,” Molière once quipped, “is excellent, and they who deride it deserve to be derided.”

Written during the triumphant final years of Molières career, these seven works represent the mature flowering of his artistry and the most profound development of his vision of humanity. They are essential to appreciating the full genius of this greatest and best-loved French comic author.

With an Introduction by Donald M. Frame and an Afterword by Lewis C. Seifert

Synopsis:

The Ridiculous Precieuses * The School for Husbands * The School for Wives * The Critique of the School for Wives * The Versailles Impromptu * Tartuffe * Don Juan

This memorable collection gathers the plays of the great social satirist and playwright Molière, representing the many facets of his genius and offering a superb introduction to the comic inventiveness, richness of prose, and insight that make up Molières enduring legacy to theater, literature, and the world.

Translated and with an Introduction by Donald M. Frame, a Foreword by Virginia Scott, and a New Afterword

About the Author

Moliere was the stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673). His plays achieved great success, especially his masterpiece, The Misanthrope, and elicited enormous controversy with their religious irreverence.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451529879
Translator:
Frame, Donald M.
Afterword:
Seifert, Lewis C.
Translator:
Frame, Donald M.
Introduction:
Frame, Donald M.
Author:
Harris, Joseph
Author:
Frame, Donald M.
Author:
Coward, David
Author:
Corneille, Pierre
Author:
Seifert, Lewis
Author:
Racine, Jean
Author:
Scott, Virginia
Author:
Edmunds, John
Author:
Moliere, Jean-Baptiste
Author:
Wood, John
Author:
Moliere
Afterword by:
Seifert, Lewis C.
Afterword:
Seifert, Lewis
Afterword:
Seifert, Lewis C.
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Moliere
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Continental european
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
20150731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,

The Misanthrope * The Doctor in Spite of Himself * The Miser * The Would-Be Gentleman * The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin * The Learned Women * The Imaginary Invalid

“The comedy,” Molière once quipped, “is excellent, and they who deride it deserve to be derided.”

Written during the triumphant final years of Molières career, these seven works represent the mature flowering of his artistry and the most profound development of his vision of humanity. They are essential to appreciating the full genius of this greatest and best-loved French comic author.

With an Introduction by Donald M. Frame and an Afterword by Lewis C. Seifert

"Synopsis" by ,
The Ridiculous Precieuses * The School for Husbands * The School for Wives * The Critique of the School for Wives * The Versailles Impromptu * Tartuffe * Don Juan

This memorable collection gathers the plays of the great social satirist and playwright Molière, representing the many facets of his genius and offering a superb introduction to the comic inventiveness, richness of prose, and insight that make up Molières enduring legacy to theater, literature, and the world.

Translated and with an Introduction by Donald M. Frame, a Foreword by Virginia Scott, and a New Afterword

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