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Feydeau Plays Twoby Georges Feydeau
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Kenneth McLeish's definitive translations of the most successful French dramatist of the Belle Epoque
Georges Feydau (1862-1921) was the most successful French dramatist of the belle epoque and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest of farce-writers. His series of dazzling hits matched high-speed action and dialogue with ingenious plotting. Reaching the heights of farcical lunacy, his plays nevertheless contain touches of barbed social comment and allowed him to mention subjects which would have provoked outrage in the hands of more serious dramatists.
This volume of new, sparkling translations by Kenneth McLeish contains three plays from the peak of his career, The Girl from Maxim 's, She's All Yours (La Main Passe) and A Flea in her Ear (La Puce à L'Oreille), together with an early work, Jailbird (Gibier de potence).
A century on, Feydeau's complex plotting, madcap schemes and sheer comedic lunacy are as influential and enjoyable as ever.
Reaching the heights of farcical lunacy, Georges Feydeau's plays nevertheless contain touches of barbed social comment, and allowed him to mention subjects which would have provoked outrage in the hands of more serious dramatists. This volume contains four plays.
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