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Beaumarchais and the theatre

Author: W D Howarth
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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William D Howarth sets Le Mariage de Figaro and Beaumarchais's other dramatic works in the broad historical context of pre-revolutionary France, providing a unique and authoritative study of the dramatist and his plays. He presents detailed analyses of the plays themselves, discussing their critical receptions, their influence on drama of the period and their legacy. Included is a discussion of the operatic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais; Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de <1732-1799>; Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais; Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais; Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais; Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W D Howarth
ISBN: 0415007518 9780415007511 9780415755009 041575500X
OCLC Number: 30893251
Description: viii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I. The Making of a Dramatist. 1. Watchmaker, Musician, Courtier. 2. Pamphleteer and Public Figure. 3. Diplomat and Secret Agent. 4. Beaumarchais and the Revolution --
Pt. II. The Context of a Career. 5. Theatres and Theatregoing in the Ancien Regime. 6. Dramatic Writing in the Eighteenth Century. 7. The Theatre and Authority in the Eighteenth Century --
Pt. III. The Plays. 8. Beaumarchais and the Parades. 9. Other Fragments. 10. Eugenie. 11. Les Deux Amis. 12. Le Barbier De Seville. 13. La Mariage De Figaro. 14. Tarare. 15. La Mere Coupable.
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William D Howarth sets Le Mariage de Figaro and Beaumarchais's other dramatic works in the broad historical context of pre-revolutionary France, providing a unique and authoritative study of the dramatist and his plays. He presents detailed analyses of the plays themselves, discussing their critical receptions, their influence on drama of the period and their legacy. Included is a discussion of the operatic adaptations: Mozart's Mariage de Figaro and Rossini's Le Barbier de Seville. The author also provides analyses of sketches and fragments only recently re-discovered. Beaumarchais and the Theatre is a comprehensive and much needed study of one of the most significant playwrights of the turbulent eighteenth century. It is invaluable reading for students of theatre history.

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