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The Molière encyclopedia
Gaines, James F.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

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xx, 528 pages ; 24 cm
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Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, the French playwright Moli^D`ere became one of the most influential dramatists of the 17th century. His comedies shaped the development of theater in Europe, inspired his contemporaries in England, and left a lasting dramatic legacy after his death in 1673. Moli^D`re has also inspired a vast body of scholarship, and recent work has dispelled many of the myths surrounding his career. This reference provides English-speaking readers with a current and comprehensive guide to his life and works.

Hundreds of A-Z entries cover topics related to his life, works, and theatrical career, including: Plays; Individual characters; Historical persons; Allusions; Influences; Cultural institutions; And much more. This scrupulously researched volume relies on verifiable facts, giving scant attention to the romantic fiction surrounding the playwright. Many of the entries list works for further reading. A chronology outlines the chief events of Moli^D`re's life and his contributions to the stage. The volume concludes with a bibliography.

Author Notes

James F. Gaines is chair of Modern Foreign Languages and Professor of French at Mary Washington College
Ralph Albanese, Jr is chair of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Memphis and Professor of French
Faith E. Beasley is associate professor of French at Dartmouth College. She is a specialist in women's literature in the French Classical period
Thomas P. Finn is assistant professor of French at Ohio Northern University
Stephen H. Fleck teaches French at California State University, Long Beach
Perry Gethner is professor of French at Oklahoma State University and head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
William O. Goode teaches in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Richard E. Goodkin is Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael S. Koppisch is professor of French at Michigan State University
Buford Norman received his Ph.D. from Yale and taught at Iowa State University before moving to the University of South Carolina, where he holds the Jesse Chapman Alcorn Memorial chair as professor of Foreign Languages
Roland Racevskis, is assistant professor of French at the University of Iowa
Larry W. Riggs is professor of French and head of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Butler University
David Lee Rubin is professor emeritus of French at the University of Virginia
Kathleen Wine is associate professor of French at Dartmouth College

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Choice Review

Numerous 17th-century scholars and Moliere specialists contribute articles or entries to this long-overdue reference resource concerning the life and plays of Moliere and the conventions of his time. Gaines (modern foreign languages, Mary Washington College) intends this work to be used by educated American readers or students at the secondary or undergraduate level, and consequently makes it accessible to everyone. The Encyclopedia offers plot summaries of all Moliere's plays and long articles about characters in them (Alceste, the misanthrope; Marpagnon, the miser; and Tartuffe, the religious hypocrite). Gaines also provides articles about the customs of Moliere's times. The article on doctors and medicine reflects the low esteem they enjoyed in French society. A brief entry on wages reveals that workers in Moliere's time were usually given only their room and board. Also included are brief entries on 17th-century French people--Moliere's contemporaries--who might have appeared in his plays. The entry on Madeleine de Scudery shows how she was his target in his depiction of the precieux movement in Les precieuses ridicules. Summing Up: Essential. For all readers interested in Moliere, and all academic reference collections. R. T. Ivey University of Memphis

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Chronologyp. xi
The Encyclopediap. 1
Bibliographyp. 483
Indexp. 491
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 525