The Theatre of Illusion

The Theatre of Illusion

Book - 2007
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Pierre Corneille, in his original dedication for The Theatre of Illusion, described the play as a "strange monster." He first called these five acts a comedy; later, a "caprice" and an "extravagant trifle." Written in 1635 and staged in 1636, the play vanished from the stage for the next three hundred years--to be revived in 1937 by Louis Jouvet and the Com#65533;die Fran#65533;aise. Since then it has been widely considered, in Virginia Scott's words, "Corneille's baroque masterpiece."

Today this brilliant piece of wit and drama is available in a new translation from one of America's finest poets and translators of French, Richard Wilbur. Widely praised for his translations of plays by Moli#65533;re and Racine, Wilbur now turns his poetic grace to this work, which remains as much a celebration of the comedy of humanity and the magic of life as it was when Corneille wrote it.


Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780156032315
0156032317
Characteristics: xi, 132 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wilbur, Richard 1921-

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