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Library of Congress Card Catalog 57:11167
The passing of three centuries has not dimmed Molière's genius nor changed the perennial vices at which he hurled his shafts of comedy. The follies & frailties humankind still feel the impact of his urbane wit & his meaningful laughter.
The eight plays in this volume, complete & unabridged, are among Molière's best come
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Paperback, 415 pages
Published 1960 by Modern Library/Random House Inc (NY) (first published January 1st 1950)
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Nate
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
as the introduction notes its pretty incredible how modern these plays feel. without too much effort you could cast edwige fenech and george hilton and have a series of 70s sex comedies. also interesting to see how meta a couple of the plays get
Aldo Kelrast
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really like that one play he wrote 6 times.
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I remember first being interested in Moliere's plays, many of which I have read before in other translations, as a college student who read drama for fun, a habit I still have [1]. In reading these plays, each of which has an individual introduction by the book's translator, as well as a larger introduction for whole collection, I was reminded that Moliere, though he may be less familiar than Shakespeare, is well known because he still speaks to contemporary humanity. In fact, his plays have a l ...more
Heather
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things about Moliere is that his whole aim was to entertain! He wasn't worried about becoming a classic poet, or being remembered for ages, or anything "lofty" like that...he just wanted to please the crowd. His plays are very enjoyable, full of wit and humor, along with great insights into human nature. I really enjoyed reading these, and if I ever got a chance to see a Moliere play performed, I'd love it!
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Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Moliere exposes a personality quirk in a realistic character, we might call the quirk an obsessive compulsive behavior, by setting up a comical situation in which the character leads him/herself to a funny downfall.
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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 ...more
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