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  • Julia Prest (St Andrews University)

Molière (1622-73) is considered to be France's greatest comic playwright and is still the most widely performed of all playwrights in France today. His effortlessly comic approach to the ageless subject of the foibles of humankind, together with his sharp sense of satire and his experience as an all-round man of the theatre, combine to create comedies that are at once topical and enduring, as well as highly theatrical. An in-depth study of the context of Molière's work will certainly enhance one's appreciation of its nuances and subtleties, but even the uninitiated will appreciate its timeless humour and lasting relevance.

Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, in Paris, Molière was the son of a prosperous upholsterer attached to the …

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Prest, Julia. "Molière". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 December 2003
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Articles on Molière's works

  1. L'Ecole des femmes [The School for Wives]
  2. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme [The Bourgeois Gentleman]
  3. Le Malade Imaginaire [The Hypochondriac]
  4. Le Misanthrope [The Misanthropist]
  5. Le Tartuffe [Tartuffe]
  6. Les Femmes savantes [The Wise Women]