Molière


Born
in Paris, France
January 15, 1622

Died
February 17, 1673

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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière'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'École 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 Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière 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 writin
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Tartuffe

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3.67 avg rating — 31,069 ratings — published 1664 — 469 editions
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The Misanthrope

3.79 avg rating — 17,772 ratings — published 1666 — 308 editions
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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

3.76 avg rating — 10,205 ratings — published 1670 — 280 editions
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L'Avare

3.68 avg rating — 15,779 ratings — published 1668 — 428 editions
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Don Juan

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3.66 avg rating — 10,049 ratings — published 1665 — 198 editions
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Le Malade imaginaire

3.74 avg rating — 9,700 ratings — published 1673 — 312 editions
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L'École des Femmes

3.67 avg rating — 6,581 ratings — published 1662 — 173 editions
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Les Fourberies de Scapin

3.67 avg rating — 5,370 ratings — published 1671 — 163 editions
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Le Médecin Malgré Lui

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3.77 avg rating — 4,781 ratings — published 1666 — 179 editions
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The Misanthrope and Other P...

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Théâtre Complet - Tome 1 Tutto il Teatro Molière 2
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The Works of Moliere; Volume 1
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“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
Moliere

“It is a wonderful seasoning of all enjoyments to think of those we love.”
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“The more we love someone, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that true love shows itself.”
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March 2018 Old School

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1832, 503 pages
 
  53 votes, 14.7%

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 1883, 262 pages
 
  44 votes, 12.2%

 
  37 votes, 10.3%

 
  36 votes, 10.0%

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot 1860, 579 pages
 
  33 votes, 9.2%

Jude the Obscure by 1895, 310 pages
 
  22 votes, 6.1%

The Red and the Black by Stendhal1830, 608 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

 
  19 votes, 5.3%

 
  19 votes, 5.3%

Evelina by Fanny Burney 1778, 455 pages
 
  16 votes, 4.4%

 
  15 votes, 4.2%

The Misanthrope by Molière 1666, 64 pages
 
  14 votes, 3.9%

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand 1897, 240 pages
 
  11 votes, 3.1%

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant1885, 416 pages
 
  8 votes, 2.2%

 
  8 votes, 2.2%

 
  5 votes, 1.4%

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