|Balzac, Honore De|
|Hofmansthal, Hugo von|
|Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de|
|Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de|
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de Molière should have become tapissier to the great Louis XIV, but, alas, the willful young man had other ideas. Leaving a distraught father behind, the eldest son of a middle-class employee of the king ran off to be an actor. The rest is theater history, and the tapestry of his work endures with much greater certainty than any cloth would have. Thanks to Freyda Thomas' modern translations and adaptations of The Learned Ladies and Tartuffe (Born Again), the modern American audience has a fresh, accessible and high-spirited look into the genius of Molière.