Imposing a rigidly puritanical regimen on the formerly happy household, Tartuffe wreaks havoc among family members. He breaks off the daughter's engagement, attempts to seduce the wife of his host, acquires his patron's property, and eventually resorts to blackmail and extortion. But ultimately, his schemes and malicious deeds lead to his own downfall.
Attacked by the Church and twice suppressed, Tartuffe opened to packed houses in 1669. Teeming with lively humor and satirical plot devices, this timeless comedy by one of France's greatest and most influential playwrights is essential reading for students of theater and literature.
Spotlighting the absurdities of social and literary pretension, The Misanthrope shows us a man who is quick to criticize the hypocrisies, inconsistencies and faults of others, yet remains blind to his own. As "the misanthrope" grows more and more irritable with others, the play becomes more and more entertaining, even as a happy ending for the hero seems less and less likely.
The Imaginary Invalid, one of Molière's funniest and most incisive satires, is also among the most performed worldwide and perennially studied in world literature courses. In this entertaining gem, a hypochondriac, victimized by two pompous doctors, tests his daughter's loyalty and discovers the greed and contempt of his scheming wife.
Tartuffe, a 1664 verse comedy with serious overtones, concerns a scoundrel who impersonates a holy man in order to acquire his gullible host's property and wife. The prose farce The Bourgeois Gentleman, an instant success at its 1670 debut, lampoons the hypocrisy of 17th-century Parisian society with a central character who attempts to adopt the superficial manners, accomplishments, and speech associated with the nobility. Both plays abound in humor, the quips of saucy servants, and a host of satirical plot devices.
For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has provided an informative introduction to the playwright and the plays, and excellent literal English translations on facing pages, offering students an ideal opportunity both to refine their French-language skills and to enjoy Molière in his own words.
“My notion of translation is that you try to bring it back alive. Speak-ability is so important. . . . I came to see that a line that simply says ‘I love you,’ at the right point in the show, is entirely adequate, that a great deal of verbal sophistication is not necessarily called for.”—Richard Wilbur
Poet Richard Wilbur’s translations of Molière’s plays are loved, renowned, and performed throughout the world. This volume is part of Theater Communications Group’s new series (with cover designs by Chip Kidd) to complete trade publication of these vital works of French neoclassical comedy. The Bungler is Molière’s first recognizably great play, and the first to be written in verse. The charming farce is set in Sicily and born of the great Italian tradition of the commedia dell’arte: Loyal valet Mascarille schemes to win the lovely Celie away from rival Leadre, and into the arms of his master Leslie. Molière himself originated the role Mascarille, self-described as “the rashest fool on earth,” who naturally bungles the job along the way.
Richard Wilbur is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a former Poet Laureate of the United States. His publications include six volumes of poetry and two collections of selected verses, a collection of prose, and two books for children.
Molière’s late, elegant comedy, based on Plautus’ Roman version, alludes to the love affairs of the French king. This is the fourth and final volume of Theatre Communication Group’s series (with cover designs by Chip Kidd), completing trade publication of these vital theatrical works. ncludes Richard Wilbur’s translation notes.
Richard Wilbur is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and a former poet laureate of the United States. His verse translations of Molière’s plays have been performed for audiences throughout the world.
Écrite par Molière en 1671, Les Fourberies de Scapin est sans doute l’une des pièces les plus appréciées du répertoire théâtral. Pastiche en 3 actes de la commedia dell’arte, dont l’intrigue se déroule à Naples, les répliques en prose fusent à un rythme enlevé.
Enregistré spécialement pour l’audio, ce disque présente la pièce dans sa version complète. L’auditeur retrouve avec délectation la voix des grands comédiens du théâtre français (François Périer, Jean Desailly,…) soutenus ici par la verve et l’inébranlable talent comique de Louis de Funès et Claude Rich, alors jeune premier.
Frémeaux & Associés a le plaisir de remettre à disposition du public cet enre gistrement historique, qui a reçu le Grand Prix du Disque Français lors de sa parution initiale en 1957.
COMÉDIE DE MOLIÈRE • MUSIQUE : GÉRARD CALVI
AVEC CLAUDE RICH, LOUIS DE FUNÈS, FRANÇOIS PÉRIER (SCAPIN) ET SOPHIE DESMARETS - JEAN DESAILLY - JACQUES FABBRIGUY PIERAULD - GENEVIÈVE MOREL - SYLVIE PELAYO
Alain Viala nous expose ici le contexte littéraire du XVIIe siècle, temps du classicisme rayonnant. Sa voix s’associe à celle de Daniel Mesguich afin de présenter et illustrer la richesse de cet âge de l’éloquence.
Entre art de la conversation dans les salons, essor du théâtre, évolution de la poésie et développement du roman, ce troisième opus témoigne de la diversité culturelle d’une époque où madame de Sévigné côtoie Racine et La Fontaine.
Claude COLOMBINI FRÉMEAUX
PRODUCTION : CLAUDE COLOMBINI POUR PUF-FRÉMEAUX AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE LA SCPPDROITS : FREMEAUX & ASSOCIES 1 : LES BELLES-LETTRES - LA SUPRÉMATIE FRANÇAISE. LA MONARCHIE ABSOLUE. L’ÉTAT ET LA RELIGION. LE DÉVELOPPEMENT INTELLECTUEL ET SON INSTITUTIONNALISATION. L’ACADÉMIE FRANÇAISE. NOUVEAUX PUBLICS ET NOUVEAUX DÉBATS. 2 : L’ÉVOLUTION DES SAVOIRS ET LES DÉBATS D’IDÉES - LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES SCIENCES. LE RATIONALISME MODERNE DE DESCARTES. LES LIBERTINS ET L’ÉGLISE. LE ROMAN BURLESQUE. ORIGINES ET CONSÉQUENCES DU JANSÉNISME. LE DÉBAT RELIGIEUX. L’ÉLOQUENCE DE PASCAL. LE DEVENIR DES NOUVEAUX COURANTS DE PENSÉE. 3 : LE TEMPS DE L’ÉLOQUENCE EN PROSE ET LA POÉSIE - L’EXPLOSION DU GENRE ÉPISTOLAIRE. DU DIALOGUE GALANT AU DIALOGUE POLÉMIQUE. LE MORALISME ET LA CRITIQUE DES MOEURS. LES FORMES TRADITIONNELLES DE L’ÉLOQUENCE. LA MÉTHODE DE BOSSUET. LA FONTAINE ET LA FABLE. LA FRANCE, PAYS DE L’ESPRIT. 4 : L’ÂGE D’OR DU THÉÂTRE - LA HIÉRARCHIE DES GENRES. L’ÉVOLUTION DE LA TRAGÉDIE. PIERRE CORNEILLE ET LA TRAGÉDIE. JEAN RACINE. LA COMÉDIE AU TEMPS DE MOLIÈRE. UN THÉÂTRE MARQUÉ PAR LA SUPRÉMATIE FRANÇAISE. 5 : ROMANS ET QUERELLES - L’ESSOR DU ROMAN. LES ROMANS PASTORAUX. LES ROMANS HÉROÏQUES. LES ROMANS GALANTS. SATIRES, PARODIES ET ANTIROMANS. LA NOUVELLE, UN GENRE FÉMININ. ROMAN GALANT ET DISCUSSIONS PHILOSOPHIQUES. LE CONTE DE FÉES.