Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière(1622-1673), was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known works are: Le The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe or the Imposter), The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman.
Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont, Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing French comedy. Even as a child Molière found it infinitely more pleasant to poke fun at the aristocracy than to associate with them. In 1643 at the age of twenty-one he decided to dedicate his life to the theatre.
Thirty years later in 1673, at the age of 51 and on his deathbed, the local priests refused to take his confession. Actors had no social standing in France. They were excommunicated by the church. Nor were actors permitted to be buried in holy ground. Four days later, the King interceded and Molière was finally buried in the Cemetery Saint Joseph under the cover of darkness.
Molière is a 2007 film by French director Laurent Tirard. It was released in Europe in January 2007, and in the United States in July 2007. The film is no biopic but, rather, a piece of pure fantasy. It came to Australian TV six years later.(1) –Ron Price with thanks to (1)SBSONE TV, 2 & 3/3/’13, 11:25 to 1:35 a.m.
Being a comedian was hard work,
and it took its toll on Moliere...He1
retired at age 45;being a teacher &
suffering various slings-arrows of
outrageous fortune took their toll
on me and I retired at age 55.
1 In his 14 years in Paris, Molière single-handedly wrote 31 of the 85 plays performed on his stage while simultaneously holding his company together. Molière is considered the creator of modern French comedy, and one of the foremost dramatists in world literature. He succeeded in elevating the traditional status of French comedy from farcical buffoonery to that of an influential forum for social criticism.
Molière is considered by modern scholars to have profoundly influenced the development of modern comedy, and established comic drama as a legitimate literary medium, equal to tragedy in its ability to portray aspects of human nature
Anything with a vague historical bent
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