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How Molière became a world star, Versailles strips the myth

2022-01-14T15:46:54.513Z

How did the comic author of the Grand Siècle establish himself over the centuries as the most read, performed and translated playwright in the world after Shakespeare?



“Each era has invented its own Molière.”

Professor of theater history at Paris-VIII, Martial Poirson strips the myth in his Versailles exhibition.

Under the dome (prelude to that of the Pantheon?) of the chapel of the former royal hospital - now Espace Richaud - he first brought together the few material traces that we have of the historical figure.

"In particular, Molière left no correspondence or even any autograph manuscript",

he underlines, to then try to answer this question: how did the comic author of the Grand Siècle impose himself over the centuries as the most read, performed and translated playwright in the world after Shakespeare?

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Answer in two hundred numbers, under large canopies evoking manuscript pages and, on the first floor, in the gallery of the rotunda.

Archives or more frequently facsimiles, old editions (the first, complete but faulty, is posthumous for nine years), staging records, sketches or models of sets, photographs of…

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Source: lefigaro

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