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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Molière (January 15, 1622February 17 1673) was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope, (The Misanthrope), L'Ecole des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou l'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare ou l'École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade imaginaire and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman).

List of major works

  • Le Médecin volant (1645) --The Flying Doctor
  • La Jalousie du barbouillé (1650)
  • L'Étourdi ou Les Contretemps (1655) -- The Blunderer
  • Le Dépit amoureux (December 16, 1656)
  • Le Docteur amoureux (1658), the first play performed by Molière's troupe for Louis XIV (now lost) --The Doctor in Love
  • Les Précieuses ridicules (November 18, 1659) --The Affected Young Ladies
  • Sganarelle ou Le Cocu imaginaire (May 28, 1660) --Sganarelle, or the Imaginary Cuckold
  • Dom Garcie de Navarre ou Le Prince jaloux (February 4, 1661) --Don Garcia of Navarre or the Jealous Prince
  • L'École des maris (June 24, 1661) --The School for Husbands
  • Les Fâcheux (August 17, 1661)--The Mad
  • L'École des femmes (December 26, 1662) (Adapted into The Amorous Flea in 1964) --The School for Wives
  • La Jalousie du Gros-René (April 15, 1663) (presumably the same as "La Jalousie du Barbouillé")
  • La Critique de l'école des femmes (June 1, 1663) --Critique of the School for Wives
  • L'Impromptu de Versailles (October 14, 1663)
  • Le Mariage forcé (January 29, 1664) The forced marriage
  • Gros-René, petit enfant (April 27, 1664) (now lost)
  • La Princesse d'Élide (May 8, 1664)The princess of elid
  • Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur (May 12, 1664) --Tartuffe, or The Imposter (or Hypocrite)
  • Dom Juan ou Le Festin de pierre (February 15, 1665)
  • L'Amour médecin (September 15, 1665) --Doctor of Love
  • Le Misanthrope ou L'Atrabilaire amoureux (June 4, 1666) --The Misanthrope
  • Le Médecin malgré lui (August 6, 1666) --The Doctor in Spite of Himself
  • Mélicerte (December 2, 1666)
  • Pastorale comique (January 5, 1667)
  • Le Sicilien ou L'Amour peintre (February 14, 1667)
  • Amphitryon(January 13, 1668)
  • George Dandin ou Le Mari confondu (July 18, 1668) --George Dandin, or the Abashed Husband
  • L'Avare ou L'École du mensonge (September 9, 1668) --The Miser
  • Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (October 6, 1669)
  • Les Amants magnifiques (February 4, 1670) The magnificent lovers
  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (October 14, 1670) --The Bourgeois Gentlemen
  • Psyché (January 17, 1671) --Psyche
  • Les Fourberies de Scapin (May 24, 1671)
  • La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas (December 2, 1671)
  • Les Femmes savantes (March 11, 1672) --The Learned Ladies
  • Le Malade imaginaire (February 10, 1673) --The Imaginary Invalid (or The Hypochondriac)




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