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The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, and Other Plays Paperback – Apr 30 1999

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 30 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192833413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192833419
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 12.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,899,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Both prose and verse translations do full justice to Moliere's wit and ingenuity, and make reading this book a highly enjoyable experience' TLS, 17/08/01

About the Author

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molire, was a French theatre writer, director and actor, one of the masters of comic satire. Maya Slater is at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9a5780b4) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x9a2ace04) out of 5 stars tartuffe April 8 2011
By Ivy - Published on
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Tartuffe is a famous play written by Moliere in the 17th century, under the reign of Luis XIV. It is about the guy, Tartuffe, who is seemingly a very humble man devoted to the church, but in fact has completely different plans and ideas. He meets Orgon, a rich noble man, at a church, and impresses him so much, that Orgon promises him his daughter's hand as well as the whole household. The rest of the Orgon's family realizes very fast that Tartuffe is a hypocrite, but they cannot oppose Orgon because in that period of time no one was going against the "King" of a family. The only person, who is openly opposing Orgon and trying to convince him that he is wrong about Tartuffe, is Dorine the maid, who brings the fresh air of the working class people of pre-revolutionary France in this noble family with a strict order. Eventually, Orgon finds out that he has been "dragged by the nose" after he witnesses how Tartuffe tried to seduce his wife.
After I read this play I realized why the name Tartuffe became a synonym for hypocrisy. There have always been people who passionately preach something that they don't strongly believe in. The play vividly describes those types of individuals, and shows a paradigm for that kind of behavior.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a2af060) out of 5 stars Satires of his time Sept. 8 2013
By Eric Mascarin Perigault - Published on
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The author of this collection of comedy died on stage. Yet there are legends who doubt the existence of this character and say he was a senior official of the court or the king himself. They base their claim on the fact that in these comedies the author makes fun of everything about the court of the powerful King Louis XIV, the Sun King, the most powerful in the world at that time. And Louis XIV not only allowed this criticism disguised as satire but attending them. Go figure. The truth is that if you are an entertaining story even to this day and his works are still represented. It mocks everything, not just what the court of the king but of society in general. Interesting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a482bc4) out of 5 stars The best Moliere translations I've read Dec 29 2014
By Orson Welles - Published on
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Slater has an extraodinary gift for translating French into English. She manages to carry over the wit and verve of the original without leaving the original behind. While retaining the rhyme scheme, Slater manages to give the verse a contemporary, modern feel. Go to "look inside" and read her on "note on translation," pp. xxiv-xxv. You can scroll back from first pages until you get to it. You'll see what I mean.
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By Jeanne Stanley - Published on
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One of the best translations of a very funny set of plays. Our French Professor says it is a very good translation, and the rhyme is sublime.
HASH(0x9aa8742c) out of 5 stars Beautiful Translations! Feb. 25 2016
By William D. Freeman - Published on
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Translation is always a dodgy business. Translating verse is even trickier. Translating rhyming verse seems to beg the impossible. And yet Maya Slater has done it—and done so with beautiful results.

Slater produces a remarkably faithful rendition in English of Molière's rhyming Alexandrine couplets written in French. These justly famous plays are a joy to read, and readers will be left in awe not only of the great dramatist's skills but of Slater's own stunning accomplishment.