The Miser and Other Plays

The Miser and Other Plays

by Jean-Baptiste Moliere, David Coward, David Wood

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Overview

Molière combined all the traditional elements of comedy - wit, slapstick, spectacle and satire - to create richly sophisticated and enduringly popular dramas. The Miser is the story of Harpagon, a mean-spirited old man who becomes obsessed with making money out of the marriage of his children, while The Hypochondriac, another study in obsession, is a brilliant satire on the medical profession. The School for Wives, in which an ageing domestic tyrant is foiled in his plans to marry his young ward, provoked such an outcry that Molière followed it with The School for Wives Criticized - a witty retort to those who disapproved of the play's supposed immorality. And while Don Juan is the darkest and most tragic of all the plays in this collection, it still mocks the soullessness of the skinflint with scathing irony.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141913384
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 05/27/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Molière was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in Paris in 1622. He began studying law but gave it up in favour of an acting career. A gifted actor, director and writer, he is remembered as the
creator of French classical comedy. He died in 1673 aftera performance of The Hypochondriac.
John Wood was involved with theatrical productions of Molière as a producer and translator.
David Coward is a Professor of French at the University of Leeds. He has translated many French novels and plays.


David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds and has translated many books from French for Penguin Classics.

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