Three Contemporary Hostile Comedies
Edited by Frederick Wright Vogler
212 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9129-2
Published: January 1973
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One of the most colorful episodes in Molière's career was the so-called Comic War, that controversy provoked by the successful production of L'École des Femmes at a time when Molière was seeking to establish himself as a leading comic playwright of his day. Among the ultimately unsuccessful attempts by rival dramatists to discredit him and his theater, the three comedies published here were particularly notable. Included in this volume are Donneau de Visé’s Zélinde (1663); Boursault’s Le portrait du peintre (1663); and Le Boulanger de Chalussay’s Élomire hypocondre (1670).