The Figaro Trilogy: 'The Barber of Seville', 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'The Guilty Mother'

The Figaro Trilogy: 'The Barber of Seville', 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'The Guilty Mother'

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The Barber of Seville * The Marriage of Figaro * The Guilty Mother Eighteenth-century France produced only one truly international theatre star, Beaumarchais, and only one name, Figaro, to put with Don Quixote or D'Artagnan in the ranks of popular myth. But who was Figaro? Not the impertinent valet of the operas of Mozart or Rossini, but both the spirit of resistance to oppression and a bourgeois individualist like his creator. The three plays in which he plots and schemes chronicle the slide of the ancien regime into revolution but also chart the growth of Beaumarchais' humanitarianism. They are also exuberant theatrical entertainments, masterpieces of skill, invention, and social satire which helped shape the direction of French theatre for a hundred years. This lively new translation catches all the zest and energy of the most famous valet in French literature.Beaumarchais[title should link to the catalogue entry][insert cover image 2804138]show more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 121.92 x 190.5 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192804138
  • 9780192804136
  • 1,311,555

About Pierre Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais

David Coward is the author of studies of Marivaux, Marguerite Duras, Marcel Pagnol and Restif de le Bretonne, and of A History of French Literature. For OWC he has edited eight novels by Alexandre Dumas and translated Dumas fils' La Dame aux camelias', two selections of Maupassant short stories, Sade's Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales and Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist. He reviews regularly for the TLS and the London Review of Books.show more

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