Tuesday, February 17, 2009

February 17: Death His Curtain Call (Vol. 26, pp. 199-217)

On this day in 1673, the French playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière was acting in one of his plays and was suddenly stricken. He died shortly after the final curtain.

The creator of French comedy, he worked mostly for Louis XIV's court producing farces and comedies such as today's reading from "Tartuffe," the religious hypocrite who some have compared to Shakespeare's Falstaff.

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