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The Misanthrope and Other Plays (Signet Classics)by Moliere
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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.
Four of the greatest French plays, in new translations
Here are four plays that continue to define French theater over three centuries after they were written. Corneilles Cinna (1641) explores absolute power in ancient Rome. Molières comedy The Misanthrope (1666) sees its antihero reject society for its hypocrisy. Racines Andromache (1667) recounts the tragedy of Hectors widow after the Trojan War, and his Phaedra (1677) shows a mother crossing the boundaries of love with her stepson. This edition features new verse translations undertaken with performance in mind, and a wealth of supplementary materials for students and actors.
'Including The Misanthrope, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, The Miser, The Would-Be Gentleman, The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin, The Learned Woman, and The Imaginary Invalid, this collection highlights perhaps France\'s greatest playwright of all time.'
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.
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