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Tartuffe : comedy in five acts, 1669

Author: Molière; Richard Wilbur
Publisher: New York : Dramatists Play Service, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The story takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe--a fraud and a pious imposter--has insinuated himself. He succeeds magnifi-cently in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house and then tries to marry his daughter and seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property. He nearly gets away with it, but an emissary from King Louis XIV arrives in time to recover the property,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Molière; Richard Wilbur
ISBN: 0822211114 9780822211112
OCLC Number: 35282478
Notes: Cast: 7 men, 5 women.
Description: 101 pages ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Tartuffe.
Responsibility: Molière ; translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur.

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"The story takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe--a fraud and a pious imposter--has insinuated himself. He succeeds magnifi-cently in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house and then tries to marry his daughter and seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property. He nearly gets away with it, but an emissary from King Louis XIV arrives in time to recover the property, free Monsieur Orgon and haul Tartuffe off to jail. And so his duplicity is finally exposed and punished. But not before the author has mercilessly examined the evil that men can commit in the guise of religious fervor and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose to believe despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary."--Publisher's description.

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