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 — 27,636 ratings — published 1664 — 398 editions
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The Misanthrope

3.78 avg rating — 15,645 ratings — published 1666 — 260 editions
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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

3.76 avg rating — 8,858 ratings — published 1670 — 242 editions
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L'Avare

3.68 avg rating — 11,857 ratings — published 1668 — 381 editions
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Don Juan

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3.66 avg rating — 7,980 ratings — published 1682 — 169 editions
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Le Malade imaginaire

3.74 avg rating — 7,592 ratings — published 1673 — 259 editions
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L'École des Femmes

3.68 avg rating — 5,379 ratings — published 1662 — 115 editions
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Les Fourberies de Scapin

3.67 avg rating — 4,394 ratings — published 1671 — 130 editions
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Le Médecin Malgré Lui

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3.80 avg rating — 4,019 ratings — published 1666 — 147 editions
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The Misanthrope and Other P...

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4.02 avg rating — 3,183 ratings — published 1666 — 26 editions
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“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
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“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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November 2018 Old School Poll

 
  70 votes, 25.0%

The Misanthrope by Molière 1666, 64 pages
 
  61 votes, 21.8%

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin 1832, 240 pages
 
  59 votes, 21.1%

 
  52 votes, 18.6%

Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac 1846, 468 pages
 
  38 votes, 13.6%

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