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The Miser and Other Plays

The Miser and Other Plays The School for WivesThe School for Wives CriticizedDon JuanThe MiserThe Hypochondriac

The School for WivesThe School for Wives CriticizedDon JuanThe MiserThe Hypochondriac

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  1. Molière says:
    Jean Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Moli re, was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature Among Moli re s best known dramas are Le Misanthrope, The Misanthrope , L Ecole des femmes The School for Wives , Tartuffe ou l Imposteur, Tartuffe or the Hypocrite , L Avare ou l cole du mensonge The Miser , Le Malade imaginaire The Imaginary Invalid , and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme The Bourgeois Gentleman.From a prosperous family and having studied at the Jesuit Clermont College now Lyc e Louis le Grand , Moli re was well suited to begin a life in the theatre Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped to polish his comic abilities while he also began writing, combining Commedia dell Arte elements with the refined French comedy.Through the patronage of a few aristocrats including the brother of Louis XIV, Moli re procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre Performing a classic play by Pierre Corneille and a farce of his own, Le Docteur amoureux The Doctor in Love , Moli re was granted the use of Salle du Petit Bourbon at the Louvre, a spacious room appointed for theatrical performances Later, Moli re was granted the use of the Palais Royal In both locations he found success among the Parisians with plays such as Les Pr cieuses ridicules The Affected Ladies , L cole des maris The School for Husbands and L cole des femmes The School for Wives This royal favour brought a royal pension to his troupe and the title Troupe du Roi The King s Troupe Moli re continued as the official author of court entertainments.Though he received the adulation of the court and Parisians, Moli re s satires attracted criticisms from moralists and the Church Tartuffe ou l Imposteur Tartuffe or the Hypocrite and its attack on religious hypocrisy roundly received condemnations from the Church while Don Juan was banned from performance Moli re s hard work in so many theatrical capacities began to take its toll on his health and, by 1667, he was forced to take a break from the stage In 1673, during a production of his final play, Le Malade imaginaire The Imaginary Invalid , Moli re, who suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, was seized by a coughing fit and a haemorrhage while playing the hypochondriac Argan He finished the performance but collapsed again and died a few hours later In his time in Paris, Moli re had completely reformed French comedy.

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  1. Edward says:
    IntroductionChronologyBibliographyNote on MoneyTranslator s Note The School for Wives The School for Wives Criticized Don Juan The Miser The HypochondriacExplanatory Notes

  2. Sofia says:
    Just to be clear I only read Miser here It was for my school, very short and fun and awfully similar to two of the other comedies with the same theme as this one It wasn t that bad but I m not very keen on books we have to read for school I don t think that s ever gonna change.

  3. Tim P says:
    I started reading this to check off a box on this Reading Challenge I got at the library, for A Play VERY pleasantly surprisedI d love to see some of these performed live They re timeless satires.I loved That Scoundrel Scapin the most Especially that part with Geronte hiding in a sack that s straight out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon Don Juan rubbed me the wrong way a bit, though The protagonist is such a major dick and goes completely unchallenged and unchecked throughout 99% of the play.

  4. Jacob Aitken says:
    Simply grand Moliere s world at least in the text is a joyful and hilarious one True, he does have some stock characters and some of the plots seem similar, but that does not detract from the quality.

  5. Simon Mcleish says:
    Originally published on my blog here in October and November 1998 This book as listed on consists of two editions of Penguin translations of Moli re, which have the same title, some of the same translations of the same plays, but some different ones too Mine is the older one, published in the 1950s as reprinted in 1984 The Would Be GentlemanMoli re s delightful expos of the world of the rich bourgeois aspiring to take a place in upper class society never fails to delight M Jourdain is so anxious [...]

  6. Winston says:
    As funny as a 350 year old comedy can be All the misunderstandings and some wordplay reminds me a bit of Oscar Wilde, but two centuries earlier Surprisingly followable.

  7. BoldnessofSouls says:
    I only read the Miser and it was an average melodrama flavoured by the presence of a funny personality the titular character.

  8. Frank says:
    How can something so light can leave behind a 450 year old impression For I doubt Moliere was the inventor of the techniques of these five plays, or, perhaps better said, one work written five times.


  9. Absentmindex says:
    Had to read it for school Quite good, really contrasted.

  10. Rob Roy says:
    What a hoot The plot is lame, the outcome contrived, yet the dialog, and the characterization of the Miser make for pure delight.

  11. Emily says:
    Wonderful farces with a great sense of humor that still resonates centuries later I would have preferred a fresher, up to date translation but it was fine nonetheless.

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