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Tartuffe : a comedy in five acts

Author: Molière; Richard Wilbur
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Bilingual edView all editions and formats
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Richard Wilbur's verse translation of Tartuffe has been acclaimed as a masterpiece in its own right. Set in rhymed couplets, it captures not only the tone of the original but the dramatic energy as well. Not surprisingly, the play in this translation has been performed regularly over the years. One of Moliere's most popular plays, Tartuffe, written in 1669, tells the story of Orgon, a rich bourgeois who has become a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Molière, 1622-1673.
Tartuffe.
New York : Harcourt Brace, ©1997
(OCoLC)606131149
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Molière; Richard Wilbur
ISBN: 0151002819 9780151002818
OCLC Number: 35750489
Language Note: English and French.
Description: xii, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Tartuffe.
Responsibility: Molière ; translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur.
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Richard Wilbur's verse translation of Tartuffe has been acclaimed as a masterpiece in its own right. Set in rhymed couplets, it captures not only the tone of the original but the dramatic energy as well. Not surprisingly, the play in this translation has been performed regularly over the years. One of Moliere's most popular plays, Tartuffe, written in 1669, tells the story of Orgon, a rich bourgeois who has become a prude and bigot in his middle age. He is the perfect mark for Tartuffe, a wily opportunist and swindler, who ingratiates himself with Orgon by affecting an air of piety. Soon the gulled Orgon not only hands over his fortune but offers his daughter in marriage to Tartuffe. But Orgon discovers his "spiritual" master's true nature in a most shocking and hilarious fashion.

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