Summer 1960 • Vol. XXII No. 3 Book Reviews |

Two Biographies of Molière

Molière: The Man Seen Through The Plays by Ramon Fernandez. Translated by Wilson Follett. Hill and Wang, New York, 1958. Dramabook printing, 1960. Molière: The Comic Mask by D. B. Wyndham Lewis. Coward-McCann, New York, 1959. The focus of each of these books is on the life of Molière, on the biography of the playwright, but there is also in each volume a large amount of critical-historical examination of the plays. In the purely biographical part: the life story of Molière, the people who surround him, the history of his career and the analysis of his character, there is little divergence in opinion and information in the two studies. Since 1929, when Fernandez published his study, La Vie de Molière, very little new factual material concerning Molière and the 17th century theatre has come to light. He made excellent use of the trustworthy biographical facts and helped to dispel several of the false legends concerning Molière which had dominated so many of the earl

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