The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, and Other Plays (Oxford World’s Classics)

ISBN: 0192833413
ISBN 13: 9780192833419
By: Molière Maya Slater

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Classic Classics Drama Fiction French French Literature Play Plays Theatre To Read

About this book

This unique volume brings together four of Moli re's greatest verse comedies covering the best years of his prolific writing career. Actor, director, and playwright, Moli re (1622-73) was one of the finest and most influential French dramatists, adept at portraying human foibles and puncturing pomposity. The School for Wives was his first great success; Tartuffe, condemned and banned for five years, his most controversial play. The Misanthrope is his acknowledged masterpiece, and The Clever Women his last, and perhaps best-constructed, verse piece. In addition this collection includes a spirited attack on his enemies and a defense of his theater, in the form of two sparkling short plays, The School for Wives Criticized and The Impromptu at Versailles.

Reader's Thoughts


I really enjoy all of Moliere's work. He's funny; even being so long ago, the comedy holds. I saw School for Wives and nearly laughed my head off, especially when the actors over-acted, which I could picture Moliere doing on stage; all part of the satire.


LOVE Moliere, he's like a French Oscar Wilde, very witty and satirical. Tartuffe is hilarious, and so is The Imaginary Invalid. Good 'reading' plays, as opposed to plays that are best on stage only. The language in these is so rich that it practically reads like a novel.


Tartuffe's an interesting play-- yet it ends rather abruptly, as if Moliere decided, I need to end this thing. = ]

Angela Gill

I read these in about 1961 but read them in French.


Moliere is funny. In all of my theater classes in college during which I never read anything (other than Master Plots summaries and other people's notes) I never really paid much attention to the things we were supposed to do. It makes me sad to think that now that I have read some plays I should have read 11 years ago, I have no one to talk to about how damn funny they are, oh well, life lessons!


Actually, not so much recommending this specific book as much as I am recommending reading everything by the man. I would say if you have never read anything by him, to start with Tartuffe, where you can get an instant appreciation for his (beautifully barbed) insight into human nature.


Translated to English, but still in the original poetic form: 12 syllables per line in rhyming couplets. I Don't know why they left out "The Mider," except to sell another book.


I would love to re-read this in a seminar setting. Incredibly enjoyable.


This wasn't one of my favorites. Perhaps it was the play formate but I didn't understand what was going on at all.


sadly I've never seen Moliere performed, but he reads immaculate


It was pretty good. I didnt understand some of the language but it was good all in all.


Moliere is the best, just the best. As much as I like Tartuffe, I think the Misanthrope even better.


One of my favorite playwrights.


Hilarious and enlightening. I understand a lot more about French humor, and even the odd affection for Lewis, now.

Scratchmaster Spazz

French people.....sheesh!

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