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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière (1622 - 1673), was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature. His extant works includes comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today. Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theater. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell'arte elements with the more refined French comedy.
Included in this compilation are: "The Romantic Ladies," "The Misanthrope," "Don Juan," "Tartuffe," "George Dandin," "The Would-Be Gentleman," "The School for Wives," "The School for Wives Criticized," and "The Miser."