Renowned for his satirical works, Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622–1673) delighted in lampooning the social pretensions and conceits of 17th-century French society. In this 1664 verse comedy with serious overtones, Tartuffe, a penniless scoundrel and religious poseur, is invited by a gullible benefactor to live in his home. 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. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
The Misanthrope * The Doctor in Spite of Himself * The Miser * The Would-Be Gentleman * The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin * The Learned Women * The Imaginary Invalid
“The comedy,” Molière once quipped, “is excellent, and they who deride it deserve to be derided.”
Written during the triumphant final years of Molière’s career, these seven works represent the mature flowering of his artistry and the most profound development of his vision of humanity. They are essential to appreciating the full genius of this greatest and best-loved French comic author.
With an Introduction by Donald M. Frame and an Afterword by Lewis C. Seifert
Extrait : "SGANARELLE : Soit. Je te pardonne ces coups de bâton en faveur de la dignité où tu m'as élevé : mais prépare-toi désormais à vivre dans un grand respect avec un homme de ma conséquence, et songe que la colère d'un médecin est plus à craindre qu'on ne peut croire."
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