Le Mariage Forcé

A comédie-ballet by Molière

Edited by Julia Prest

Le Mariage Forcé

Edited by Julia Prest

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

57 pages | 8 x 5-3/5
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780859896436 Published December 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The principal aim of this edition is to provide a reliable version of the text of Le Mariage forcé which can be used by students and scholars of 17th-century theatre.  Le Mariage forcé, a little-known work, is a paricularly interesting example of the comédie-ballet genre as it was written and performed by Molière and his troup in three different versions over a period of eight years.  First performed in front of Louis XIV and his court, complete with music, ballet and singing, the play also marks Molière’s first work in which Louis XIV took an active role.
The book includes all the texts which existed in Molière’s lifetime, and examines the development of the genre in the years from 1664 when it was first performed, to 1672 when new songs and balletic interludes were added.
This is a volume in the Textes littéraires/Exeter French Texts.  The text, introduction and essential notes are all in French.
Review Quotes
French Review

“A useful compact edition . . . that presents or describes the major sources, summarizes the context in which they were created, and suggests many possibilities for fruitful future research.” –French Review, Oct 2001

Modern Language Review

“This welcome edition not only contributes to our increasing knowledge of the genre of comédie-ballet, but also provides a revealing insight into Molière’s aims and working methods.” –Modern Language Review, Vol. 96:4, 2001

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