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The Life of Monsieur De Moliere

Bulgakov, Mikhail

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ISBN 10: 0811209849 / ISBN 13: 9780811209847
Published by New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970, New York, 1970
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Cloth. Near Fine. First edition, first printing. Bulgakov's biography of Moliere translated by Mirra Ginsburg. This true first US edition precedes the New Directions edition by 16 years! A fine clean tight unmarked copy in unclipped ($6.95) dust jacket with a couple of short closed tears and light soiling. Uncommon especially in this condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000680

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Title: The Life of Monsieur De Moliere

Publisher: New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970, New York

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

Written in 1932, but not published until 1962, over twenty years after its author’s death, The Life of Monsieur de Molière charts the life of the French playwright, from his humble beginnings to later theatrical triumphs and political controversies. The work was met with disapproval by the Soviet authorities, who detected parallels between the lives of Molière and Bulgakov, and viewed the work as a veiled critique of their own times. With a dazzling blend of biography and novelistic imagination, Bulgakov’s eccentric and satirical take on the life of a fellow writer energetically captures the genius of Molière, while revealing another aspect of his own self.

About the Author:

Born in Kiev in 1891 to Russian parents, Mikhail Bulgakov trained as a doctor and volunteered for the Red Cross on the outbreak of the First World War. He later enlisted as a doctor for the anti-Bolshevik White Army, before eventually giving up medicine to concentrate on literature. The Master and Margarita is his most famous work, and has been hailed as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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