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Classical Contributors
Balzac, Honore De
Fletcher, John
Hofmansthal, Hugo von
Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de
Racine, Jean
Regnard, Jean-François
Rostand, Edmond
Schnitzler, Arthur
Shakespeare, William
Zola, Emile

Original Contributors
Castellano, Deborah
Gilbert-Hill, Richard
Lindsay, Barbara
Podgorski, Leigh
Ripley, David
Thomas, Freyda
Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de

Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux {mah-ree-voh', pee-air' kahr-lay' duh shahm-blan' duh}, b. Feb. 4, 1688, d. Feb. 12, 1763, the most important French playwright of the 18th century, wrote numerous comedies for La Comédie Française and La Comédie Italienne of Paris, the most famous of which are The Game of Love and Chance (1730; Eng. trans., 1923) and Les Fausses Confidences (1737; trans. as False Confessions, 1958). The French word marivaudage signifies the flirtatious bantering tone characteristic of Marivaux's dialogue. He also published a number of essays in the manner of Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele, and two important though unfinished novels, La Vie de Marianne (The Life of Marianne, 1731-41) and Le Paysan parvenu (The Fortunate Peasant, 1735).

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