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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.