Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Eric H. Kadler
      Pages 1-10
  3. Literary Figures of the Seventeenth Century

  4. Literary Figures of the Eighteenth Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Eric H. Kadler
      Pages 87-109
    3. Eric H. Kadler
      Pages 110-122
  5. Conclusion

    1. Eric H. Kadler
      Pages 123-126
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 127-149

About this book


The general aim of this book is to present a study of a dramatic genre which was a significant facet of French drama in the period from 1784 to 1834 and has never before been singled out or analyzed. The striking feature of the plays of this genre is that the protagonists represent French literary figures. A casual examination of a collection of late eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century plays, many of which concern literary figures, led to the initial idea for this study. Conscientious cross-checking was sub­ sequently done in a number of reference works and contemporary newspapers to obtain complete coverage and to draw up a list of all the plays in which French literary figures appeared as characters. From the total number of such plays, 153 have been used as the primary source of information. They were found scattered either in different collections or as separate copies in various libraries. This source has been supplemented by use of theatrical journals and almanacs giving reviews of some of the plays which were not published.


1784–1834 Artes Denis Diderot Jean Racine Jean de La Fontaine Jean-Jacques Rousseau Molière Nicolas Boileau Pierre Corneille Voltaire eighteenth century french drama literary figures seventeenth century

Authors and affiliations

  • Eric H. Kadler
    • 1
  1. 1.Lycoming CollegeWilliamsportUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1969
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3364-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-3362-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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