Tag Archives: Molière

Prendre racine

French dramatist Jean-Baptiste Racine was born on December 22, 1639. Along with Corneille and Molière, he’s one of the three heavy-weights of 17th century French literature. I studied his tragedies Phèdre and Andromaque in university. If you want to give … Continue reading

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Mettre les bâtons dans les roues

The soundtrack to Louis XIV’s life was written by Italian-born composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Lully was born November 28, 1832 in Florence, Italy. He was brought to France as a boy where he worked scrubbing pots in the kitchen of a … Continue reading

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Un moulin à paroles

French author Madeleine de Scudéry, was born on November 15, 1607. I know her best as the protagonist in E.T.A. Hpffman’s early mystery novella of the same name. The real Mademoiselle de Scudéry was from a modest provincial family, but she … Continue reading

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À tout seigneur tout honneur

  Jean-Baptiste Pocquelin is better known as Molière. He died on February 17, 1673. Playwright and actor, he lived his life half a step ahead of his creditors, despite having been born into an affluent family and having attracted the attention … Continue reading

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