RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 43318022 LA English T1 Molière : a theatrical life A1 Scott, Virginia,, PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge, UK YR 2000 SN 0521782813 9780521782814 AB "Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, is an important figure in European literature and drama, whose plays are still frequently taught and performed throughout the world. Locating his life and work in the social, literary, and theatrical contexts of the period, Virginia Scott offers a narrative account of Molière's life and an overview of the place of his plays in the wider setting of the development of seventeenth-century French theatre. Her research extends from Molière's boyhood and his Jesuit education at the Collège de Clermont, through the beginning of his theatrical career in Paris and as a vagabond actor in the provinces, to his days as a court dramatist under Louis XIV. He was a controversial playwright, striking out against hypocrisy in religion and medicine, and finally a cynical survivor of literary, cultural, and marital wars. His relationships, public and private, with patrons, lovers, friends, and enemies inform his work and make for a fasciniating life. This full-length biography, the first to be written in English about Molière since 1930, will appeal to the general reader as well as specialists in French and theatre studies."