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Molière: A Theatrical Life Hardcover – 26 Oct 2000

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (26 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521782813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521782814
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,541,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' … arrestingly illuminates the complex world of the theatre and court, both in Paris and elsewhere, that finally constitutes almost all that can really be known of Moliere's life.' The Economist

'As the first substantive English-language biography of Molière since 1930, this is a happy arrival for students of the theater and of French literature and culture …'. Publishers Weekly

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Molière is an important figure in European literature and drama, whose plays are still taught and performed throughout the world. This full-length biography, first published in 2000, will appeal to the general reader as well as the specialist.

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Excellent, thorough, solidly researched, highly readable. This work critically assesses what is known and separates it from the pervasive myths about Moliere.
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HASH(0x8fa960e4) out of 5 stars Overall a good book. 6 Jun. 2005
By Christopher Coquard - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a passionate fan of Moliere, so I was quite excited when I ordered this book. Scott does a good job of going over the controversies in his life, as well as letting the reader know when the historical sources fail to shed enough light on important issues in his career. There is however quite a bit of tedious information about circumstances of his time, as well as being written in a style much more personal and informal than I would have expected from Cambridge publishers. Sometimes she takes liberties about his life and motives.

The book has pictures inside, and a wealth of quotes that are also available in their native French at the back of the book which I really enjoyed reading in both languages.

Overall, this book is a great start to the life of one of the greatest satirists of all time in English.
HASH(0x8fcd0504) out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Nov. 2011
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Wanted to read about this man after seeing one of his plays. Very interesting.
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HASH(0x8ee1636c) out of 5 stars Moliere Book Review 5 April 2008
By Richard I. Cronkhite - Published on
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This is a good modern review of Moliere's life. Although the movie "Moliere" is excellent in its treatment of the subject, this book helps one understand Moliere's complicated life in theater a little better.
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