How Molière acquired international stature?

Cultural meeting

Representation of Molière reading his play “Tartuffe” at Ninon de Lenclos’s painted by Nicolas André Monsiau in 1802. (Illustration image) © Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

1622-2022: France celebrates the year Molière, born 400 years ago. The author of learned women, from doctor in spite of himself or Tartuffe is the most performed playwright in the world, in competition with Shakespeare. Among the many events dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Poquelin – Molière’s real name – an exhibition in Versailles, near Paris, shows how this “national glory” was put at the service of France, especially internationally.

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