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Beaumarchais and the Theatre - William D. Howarth

Beaumarchais and the Theatre

Hardcover Published: 20th April 1995
ISBN: 9780415007511
Number Of Pages: 284

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In "Beaumarchais and the Theatre," William D. Howarth recounts the colorful and remarkable life of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799), author of "Le Mariage de Figaro." Framing the life of Beaumarchais within the broad historical context of pre-revolutionary France, Howarth considers the momentous events of the mid-to-late eighteenth century which shaped both political and theatrical history.
"Beaumarchais and the Theatre" includes analyses of Beaumarchais' plays which discuss their critical receptions, their influence on contemporary drama and their legacy. In addition, Howarth provides analyses of sketches and fragments only recently re-discovered, as well as a discussion of the operatic adaptations of "Le Marriage de Figaro" and "Le Barbier de Seville" by Mozart and Rossini respectively.
"Beaumarchais and the Theatre" is a comprehensive, authoritative study of one of the most significant playwrights to emerge from eighteenth-century France. It will prove an invaluable contribution to the field of theater history.

Notes to the Reader
Introductionp. 1
The Making of a Dramatist
Watchmaker, Musician, Courtierp. 9
Pamphleteer and Public Figurep. 16
Diplomat and Secret Agentp. 28
Beaumarchais and the Revolutionp. 37
The Context of a Career
Theatres and Theatregoing in the Ancien Regimep. 53
Dramatic Writing in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 70
The Theatre and Authority in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 87
The Plays
Beaumarchais and the Paradesp. 105
Other Fragmentsp. 118
Eugeniep. 125
Les Deux Amisp. 133
Le Barbier De Sevillep. 139
La Mariage De Figarop. 157
Tararep. 196
La Mere Coupablep. 205
Conclusionp. 221
Notesp. 226
Appendix: Translations of passages quotedp. 242
Select Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 269
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415007511
ISBN-10: 0415007518
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 20th April 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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