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The French dramatist Moliere was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin on January 15, 1622, in Paris. The son of a wealthy tapestry merchant, he had a penchant for the theater from childhood. In 1636, he was sent off to school at the Jesuit College of Claremont and in 1643, he embarked upon a 13-year career touring in provincial theater as a troupe member of Illustre Theatre, a group established by the family Bejarts. He married a daughter of the troupe, Armande Bejart, in 1662 and changed his name to Moliere. The French King Louis XIV, becoming entranced with the troupe after seeing a performance of The Would-Be Gentleman, lent his support and charged Moliere with the production of comedy ballets in which he often used real-life human qualities as backdrops rather than settings from church or state. Soon, Moliere secured a position at the Palais-Royal and committed himself to the comic theater as a dramatist, actor, producer, and director. Moliere is considered to be one of the preeminent French dramatists and writers of comedies; his work continues to delight audiences today. With L'Ecole des Femmes (The School for Wives) Moliere broke with the farce tradition, and the play, about the role played by women in society and their preparation for it, is regarded by many as the first great seriocomic work of French literature. In Tartuffe (1664), Moliere invented one of his famous comic types, that of a religious hypocrite, a character so realistic that the king forbade public performance of the play for five years. Moliere gave psychological depth to his characters, engaging them in facial antics and slapstick comedy, but with an underlying pathos. Jean Baptiste Moliere died in 1673. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Tartuffe (Author) 2,567 copies, 35 reviews
The Misanthrope (Author) 1,429 copies, 18 reviews
The Miser (Author) 1,069 copies, 20 reviews
The Imaginary Invalid (Author) 999 copies, 16 reviews
Dom Juan (Author) 904 copies, 10 reviews
The Bourgeois Gentleman (Author) 878 copies, 2 reviews
Misanthrope / Tartuffe (Author) 678 copies, 8 reviews
The School for Wives (Author) 638 copies, 5 reviews
The Learned Ladies (Author) 491 copies, 8 reviews
Scapin (Author) 435 copies, 4 reviews
Five Plays: The Miser and other Plays (Author) 419 copies, 5 reviews
Tartuffe and Other Plays 351 copies, 1 review
A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Author) 348 copies, 7 reviews
The Pretentious Young Ladies (Author) 290 copies, 5 reviews
Eight Plays by Molière [Modern Library, 1957] (Author) 255 copies, 3 reviews
Comedies 236 copies, 6 reviews
Bourgeois Gentleman / Tartuffe (Author) 165 copies, 1 review
Amphitryon (Author) 136 copies, 4 reviews
Oeuvres complètes 131 copies, 1 review
Learned Ladies / School for Wives (Author) 119 copies, 1 review
Plays by Molière [Modern Library, 1924] (Author) 119 copies, 2 reviews
Dom Juan / Tartuffe (Author) 101 copies, 1 review
George Dandin (Author) 92 copies, 1 review
The Classic Theatre; Volume IV: Six French Plays (Contributor) 75 copies, 1 review
School for Husbands (Author) 46 copies, 4 reviews
Imaginary Invalid / Tartuffe (Author) 45 copies
The Bungler (Author) 39 copies, 5 reviews
Oeuvres complètes, tome 3 (Author) 29 copies
The Imaginary Cuckold, or Sganarelle (Author) 26 copies, 2 reviews
The Versailles Impromptu (Author) 23 copies, 2 reviews
Chosen Theatre of Molière (Author) 23 copies, 1 review
Miser / Tartuffe (Author) 23 copies
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Lovers' Quarrels (Author) 19 copies, 3 reviews
Fransk klassisk drama 16 copies, 1 review
Critique of the School for Wives (Author) 14 copies, 2 reviews
Four comedies (Author) 13 copies, 1 review
The Mad (Author) 13 copies
The Sicilian (Author) 12 copies, 2 reviews
The Flying Doctor (Author) 10 copies, 3 reviews
Obras completas 10 copies
The Countess of Escarbagnas (Author) 10 copies, 1 review
The Forced Marriage (Author) 9 copies, 1 review
Monsieur De Pourceaugnac (Author) 9 copies, 1 review
Comedies 8 copies, 1 review
Molière 8 copies
The Magnificent Lovers (Author) 7 copies, 1 review
Psyche (Author) 7 copies, 1 review
Love's the Best Doctor (Author) 7 copies, 1 review
The Jealous Husband (Author) 6 copies, 1 review
Dom Garcia of Navarre (Author) 5 copies, 1 review
Tartufo La escuela de las mujeres (Author) 5 copies, 1 review
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Komödien 5 copies
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Il misantropo e Sganarello (Author) 4 copies
Classical French theatre (Contributor) 4 copies
Œuvres vol.1 4 copies
OEuvres complètes I, II (Author) 4 copies, 1 review
A Comic Pastoral (Author) 4 copies, 1 review
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Teatro 3 copies
Tres comedias 3 copies
Hat Szinmu 3 copies
L'Avare 3 copies
The Princess of Elida 3 copies, 1 review
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Theatre choisi de moliere (Author) 2 copies
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Teatre 2 copies
Comedies 2 copies
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Komedijos 2 copies
MOLIERES MEISTERWERKE (Author) 2 copies
Comedies 2 copies
Theatre Tome III 1 copy, 1 review
Oeuvres 1 1 copy
Hry. II 1 copy
Oeuvres 2 1 copy
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Misantroop ja Ebahaige (Author) 1 copy
Théâtre 1 copy
Lakomec 1 copy
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