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"A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation." -- Moliere
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, mostly known by his stage name Molière, (; January 15, 1622 — February 17, 1673) was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope (The Misanthrope), L'École des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare ou L'École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman).

Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell'Arte elements with the more refined French comedy.

Through the patronage of a few aristocrats, including Philippe I, Duke of Orléans — the brother of Louis XIV — Molière procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre. Performing a classic play by Pierre Corneille and a farce of his own, Le Docteur amoureux (The Doctor in Love), Molière was granted the use of salle du Petit-Bourbon at the Louvre, a spacious room appointed for theatrical performances. Later, Molière was granted the use of the Palais-Royal. In both locations he found success among the Parisians with plays such as Les Précieuses ridicules (The Affected Ladies), L'École des maris (The School for Husbands) and L'École des femmes (The School for Wives). This royal favor brought a royal pension to his troupe and the title "Troupe du Roi" (The King's Troupe). Molière continued as the official author of court entertainments.

Though he received the adulation of the court and Parisians, Molière's satires attracted criticisms from moralists and the Roman Catholic Church. Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite) and its attack on religious hypocrisy roundly received condemnations from the Church, while Dom Juan was banned from performance. Molière's hard work in so many theatrical capacities began to take its toll on his health and, by 1667, he was forced to take a break from the stage. In 1673, during a production of his final play, Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), Molière, who suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, was seized by a coughing fit and a haemorrhage while playing the hypochondriac Argan. He finished the performance but collapsed again and died a few hours later.

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Total Books: 611
Les Femmes Savantes
2018 - Les Femmes Savantes (Paperback)Paperback, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780342327201
ISBN-10: 0342327208
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Compltes La Jalousie Du Barbouill
2018 - Oeuvres Compltes La Jalousie Du Barbouill [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782329210674
ISBN-10: 2329210671

2016 - Psyche (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781537237992
ISBN-10: 1537237993
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Imaginary Invalid
2016 - The Imaginary Invalid (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781537238128
ISBN-10: 1537238124
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Misanthrope
2016 - The Misanthrope (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781537240138
ISBN-10: 1537240137
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El Medico a Palos
2015 - El Medico a Palos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781519223944
ISBN-10: 1519223943
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Moliere's Plays The Misanthrope In Contemporary American English
2014 - Moliere's Plays the Misanthrope in Contemporary American English [Volume 3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781499195781
ISBN-10: 1499195788

Dom Juan
2013 - Dom Juan (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782081309371
ISBN-10: 2081309378
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Completes Tome 2
2013 - Oeuvres Completes Tome 2 [Bibliotheque de la Pleiade - French Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9782070117420
ISBN-10: 2070117421
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres compltes I II
2013 - Oeuvres Compltes I II [Bibliotheque de la Pleiade - French Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9782070128990
ISBN-10: 2070128997
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
2013 - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070450008
ISBN-10: 2070450007
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere
2012 - Oeuvres Completes De Moliere [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012595132
ISBN-10: 2012595138
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres de Moliere Le Mariage Force
2012 - Oeuvres De Moliere Le Mariage Force [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012596726
ISBN-10: 201259672X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Theatre Choisi de Moliere Ure Partie Comprenant Le Misanthrope L'Avare
2012 - Theatre Choisi De Moliere Ure Partie Comprenant Le Misanthrope L'avare [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012627642
ISBN-10: 2012627641
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Les Oeuvres de Monsieur Moliere Tome 2
2012 - Les Oeuvres De Monsieur Moliere Tome 2 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012696976
ISBN-10: 201269697X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Les Oeuvres de Monsieur Moliere II
2012 - Les Oeuvres De Monsieur Moliere II [Lesfascheux Avec Le Prologue de P. Pellisson - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012696983
ISBN-10: 2012696988
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Completes de JeanBaptiste Poquelin de Moliere
2012 - Oeuvres Completes De Jeanbaptiste Poquelin De Moliere [Nouvelle Edition - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012757004
ISBN-10: 2012757006
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere  T 1
2012 - Oeuvres Completes De Moliere T 1 [Precedees D'Une Notice - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012757356
ISBN-10: 2012757359
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere Precedees de La Vie de Moliere
2012 - Oeuvres Completes De Moliere Precedees De La VIe De Moliere [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012757363
ISBN-10: 2012757367
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere La Princesse D'Elide Les Plaisirs de L'Ile Enchantee
2012 - Oeuvres Completes De Moliere La Princesse D'elide Les Plaisirs De L'ile Enchantee [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012757387
ISBN-10: 2012757383
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oeuvres Completes de Moliere Tome 6
2012 - Oeuvres Completes De Moliere Tome 6 [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012757400
ISBN-10: 2012757405
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2012 - Oeuvres De Moliere Tome 1 [French Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Femmes Savantes [Folio Plus Classique - French Edition] (Paperback)
2011 - El Enfermo Imaginario [Letras mayusculas. Clasicos universales - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2011 - George Dandin Ou Le Mari Confondu [French Edition] (Paperback)
2011 - Dom Juan Ou Le Festin De Pierre [Petits Classiques Larousse - French Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - Melisse Tragicomedie [1879 - French Edition] (Hardcover)
2010 - George Dandin [French Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - The Hypochondriac [Modern Plays] (Paperback)
2010 - L'ecole Des Femmes [French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Lakomec [1852 - Mandarin Chinese Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Misantrope Blyspel [1682 - Mandarin Chinese Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Steiloor of De Schynheilige Bedrieger Blyspel [1713 - Mandarin Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
2009 - Le Misantrope Comedie En Cinq Actes [1778 - French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - School Voor De Jaloerschen [1691 - Mandarin Chinese Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - De Quelgeesten Blyspel [1681 - Mandarin Chinese Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - The Lavish Lovers a Comedy Interspersed with Music and Ballet [1670 - Carlton Renaissance Plays in Translation] (Paperback)
2009 - Chefd'oeuvres De Moliere V1 [1770 - French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - De Ingebeelde Zieke Blyspel [1760 - Dutch Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Les Oeuvres De Monsieur De Moliere V2 [1718 - French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Tartuffe [Modern Plays] (Paperback)
2009 - Theatre Complet Illustre V5 [1669 - French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - L'avare Comedie [1669 - French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Les Femmes Scavantes Comedie [1672 - French Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Amphitryon By Moliere [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
2008 - L'avare [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Don Juan Ou Le Festin De Pierre [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - L'etourdi Ou Les Contretemps [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Le Mariage Forc [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Le Mdecin Malgr Lui [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Les Precieuses Ridicules [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Sganarelle Ou Le Cocu Imaginaire [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - The Grouch [Oberon Classics] (Paperback)
2008 - The Misanthrope Tartuffe and Other Plays [Oxford World's Classics] (Paperback)
2008 - School for Wives [Library Edition Audio CDs - L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collections] (Audio CD)
2008 - Tartuffe or the Hypocrite [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2007 - The Bores [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2007 - The Countess of Escarbagnas [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2007 - The Learned Women [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2007 - The Magnificent Lovers [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2007 - The Middleclass Gentleman [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2007 - Monsieur De Pourceaugnac [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2007 - The School for Husbands [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2006 - Scapino [Drama Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - L'impromptu De Versailles [French Edition] (Paperback)
2006 - Le Tartuffe [French Edition] (Paperback)
2005 - El Avaro / the Miser El Enfermo Imaginario [El Libro De Bolsillo - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2005 - Le Tartuffe Ou L'imposteur [French Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - Tartufo / Hypocrite [Clasicos Hispanicos - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - Trois Courtes Pieces [French Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - Le Misanthrope [French Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - Tartufo / Tartuffe [Letras Universales - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - El Avaro / the Miser [Letras Universales - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2003 - The Imaginary Invalid an Adaptaation [Malade Imaginaire - Acting Edition] (Paperback)
2003 - Moliere Le Tartuffe [French Texts Focus] (Paperback)
2002 - Las Preciosas Ridiculas Las Mujeres Sabias / the Ridiculous Beauties the Knowledgable Women [Letras Universales / Universal Writings - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2001 - L Ecole Des Femmes [French Edition] (Paperback)
2000 - The Bourgeois Gentleman [Plays for Performance] (Paperback)
2000 - Tartuffe [Dover Thrift Editions] (Paperback)
1999 - Lamedecin Malgre Lui [French Edition] (Paperback)
1999 - Lavare (Paperback)Paperback
1999 - Le Misanthrope the Misanthrope [Bilingual Edition - French and English] (Paperback)
1999 - Der Eingebildete Kranke [German Edition] (Paperback)
1999 - L' Avare [Lernmaterialien] (Paperback)
1998 - The Hypochondriac and Other Plays [Absolute Classics] (Paperback)
1996 - Moliere Le Misanthrope [French Texts Focus] (Paperback)
1995 - Les Femmes Savantes [French Edition] (Paperback)
1995 - Amphitryon George Dandin Lavare [French Edition] (Paperback)
1995 - Le Tartuffe / Dom Juan [Classiques Francais - French Edition] (Paperback)
1994 - Oeuvres Completes 4 [French Edition] (Paperback)
1993 - Oeuvres Completes 1 [French Edition] (Paperback)
1993 - Oeuvres Completes 3 [French Edition] (Paperback)
1992 - L' Amour Medecin [French Edition] (Hardcover)
1992 - Tartufo (Paperback)
1991 - Medecin Malgre Lui Larousse [French Edition] (Paperback)
1987 - George Dandin Amphitryon [in French - French Edition] (Paperback)
1987 - Les Femmes Savantes the Learned Ladies [Bilingual Edition - French and English] (Paperback)
1986 - Reluctant Doctor [Kingswood Plays] (Hardcover)
1975 - Les Fourberies De Scapin the Rogueries of Scapin [Bilingual Edition - French and English] (Paperback)
1974 - Fourberies De Scapin [Textes Francais Classics et Modern] (Hardcover)
1972 - Claf Diglefyd [Cyfres y ddrama yn Ewrop] (Paperback)
1970 - Komdien (Hardcover)
1969 - Six Bilingual Plays of Moliere Les Femmes Savantes L'avare Le Tartuffe Le Misanthrope Le Malade Imaginaire [The Learned Ladies - The Miser - The Tartuffe - The Misanthrope - The Imaginary Invalid] (Paperback)
1963 - Thtre Complet De Moliere Tome 1 [French Edition] (Paperback)
1962 - Oeuvres Completes [L'integrale] (Hardcover)
Avare L' [Illustrated French Classics] (Paperback)
Bourgeois Gentilhomme [Illustrated French Classics] (Paperback)
Misanthrope [French Classics] (Paperback)
Comedies V 1 [Everyman's Library] (Hardcover)
Comedies V 2 [Everyman's Library] (Hardcover)
Slave of Truth [Acting Edition] (Paperback)
Proper Gent [World Theatre S] (Other)
Plays of Moliere [Monarch Notes] (Paperback)
Le Tartuffe the Tartuffe [Bilingual Edition - French and English] (Paperback)
Oeuvres Completes Vol 1 [Bibliotheque de la Pleiade] (Other)
Oeuvres Completes Vol 2 [Bibliotheque de la Pleiade] (Other)
La Jalousie Du Barbouille [Exeter French Texts - French Edition] (Paperback)
Shorts at the Wharf V 2 [Current Theatre Series] (Paperback)
Misanthrope Ou L'atrabilaire Amoureux [Petits Classiques Larousse] (Paperback)
L'amour Medecin [French Edition] (Paperback)
Le Misanthrope [Larousse Petets Classiques Texte Integral] (Paperback)
Les Femmes Savantes Comedie [Univers des lettres, 235. Integrale - French Edition] (Other)
Oeuvres Completes 2 [French Edition] (Paperback)
Dom Juan Ne [1,50 EUROS] (Paperback)
L'avare Le Tartuffe [Petite Bibliotheque Lattes - French Edition] (Other)
Don Juan Tartufo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Avaro [Clsicos Universales - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Misantropo [Clsicos Universales] (Paperback)
El Tartufo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Enfermo Imaginario El [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
The Tartuffe By Moliere Del Prado Miniature [The Miniature Classics Library] (Hardcover)
Avaro El [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Comedias [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
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