This timeless comedy by one of France's greatest playwrights follows the outrageous activities of a penniless scoundrel and religious pretender. Invited to live in his benefactor's house, he wreaks havoc among family members by breaking off the daughter's engagement, attempting to seduce his hostess, and resorting to blackmail and extortion.
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Comments about Tartuffe:
Although this is a prose translation of a classic French verse comedy it seems to flow well and reveals Moliere's humour and satire. I can't say how much of Moliere's writing style is lost in translation since I have not read the original in French. However, this is still well worth the read. It is a little difficult to read as this translation is a reprint from 1739 although this gives the English a style typical of the period.
It is rather strange that this play was so heavily criticised by the church since it clearly is not against genuine virtue but merely against pretensions of it. Because of this criticism the plays ending supplicates to the king, Louis XIV a figure somewhat tarnished himself by history.
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 24th May 2000
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.3 x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.06