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By William D. Howarth

William D Howarth units Le Mariage de Figaro and Beaumarchais's different dramatic works within the wide old context of pre-revolutionary France, delivering a different and authoritative examine of the dramatist and his performs. He provides certain analyses of the performs themselves, discussing their severe receptions, their impact on drama of the interval and their legacy. integrated is a dialogue of the operatic variations: Mozart's Mariage de Figaro and Rossini's Le Barbier de Seville. the writer additionally presents analyses of sketches and fragments only in the near past re-discovered.
Beaumarchais and the Theatre is a complete and lots more and plenty wanted learn of 1 of the main major playwrights of the turbulent eighteenth century. it's valuable examining for college kids of theatre historical past.

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Theater–France–History–18th century. I. Title. 5-dc20 94–22876 ISBN 0–415–00751–8 Publisher’s Note The publisher has gone to great lengths to ensure the quality of this reprint but points out that some imperfections in the original may be apparent CONTENTS Frontispiece Acknowledgements Notes to the Reader INTRODUCTION Part I The Making of a Dramatist 1 WATCHMAKER, MUSICIAN, COURTIER 2 PAMPHLETEER AND PUBLIC FIGURE 3 DIPLOMAT AND SECRET AGENT 4 BEAUMARCHAIS AND THE REVOLUTION Part II The Context of a Career 5 THEATRES AND THEATREGOING IN THE ANCIEN RÉGIME 6 DRAMATIC WRITING IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 7 THE THEATRE AND AUTHORITY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY Part III The Plays 8 BEAUMARCHAIS AND THE PARADES 9 OTHER FRAGMENTS 10 EUGÉNIE 11 LES DEUX AMIS 12 LE BARBIER DE SÉVILLE 13 LE MARIAGE DE FIGARO 14 TARARE 15 LA MÈRE COUPABLE CONCLUSION Notes Appendix: Translations of passages quoted Select Bibliography Index Acknowledgements It has been impossible to work on the text of Beaumarchais’s plays since 1988 without incurring a considerable debt to the revised edition of the Oeuvres prepared by P.

If the originality of these plays could be confined in this way to the ‘identity’ between author and eponymous character, we should not find them nearly so interesting. For Le Mariage de Figaro is not only by far the most important dramatic work produced in France in the eighteenth century, but also one of the outstanding literary works of any genre produced in the decades preceding the Revolution; and it is the opportunity to study the creation of that masterpiece against a much wider background than the narrowly biographical that justifies, in my view, the writing of yet another book on Beaumarchais.

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