Molière: Les Femmes savantes [The Wise Women]

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Les Femmes savantes was first performed at Palais Royal on March 11, 1672, initially obtaining considerable success. An article published by Donneau de Visé in Le Mercure Galant the day after the opening performance, besides praising its “mille traits pleins d’esprit”, “expressions heureuses” and “inventions qui ne peuvent être imitée”, informed the contemporary public about Molière’s own judgement and claim to create a distinctively literary comedy, which would rank among his best:

Le fameux Molière ne nous a point trompés dans l’espérance qu’il nous avait donnée il y a tantôt quatre ans de faire représenter au Palais-Royal une pièce comique de sa façon qui fût…

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Carraro, Laura Favero. "Les Femmes savantes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 June 2003
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]