William D Howarth sets Le Mariage de Figaro and Beaumarchais's
other dramatic works in the broad historical context of
pre-revolutionary France, providing a unique and authoritative
study of the dramatist and his plays. He presents detailed analyses
of the plays themselves, discussing their critical receptions,
their influence on drama of the period and their legacy. Included
is a discussion of the operatic adaptations: Mozart's Mariage de
Figaro and Rossini's Le Barbier de Seville. The author also
provides analyses of sketches and fragments only recently
Beaumarchais and the Theatre is a comprehensive and much needed
study of one of the most significant playwrights of the turbulent
eighteenth century. It is invaluable reading for students of
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