Twelve Plays by Alfred De Musset

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This new edition- the fullest one-volume collection ever issued in English – contains all Alfred de Musset’s best known, most frequently acted and most widely studied plays, including Lorenzaccio, On ne badine pas avec l’amour, Fantasio, Un Caprice, and eight others. It is the first unabridged translation in contemporary English, the first to be made from reliable texts, the first to be thoroughly annotated, and the first to present the important variant readings from Musset’s manuscripts and printed editions. It is thus a standard reference work for students, an up-to-date acting text for performers, and a lively introduction to one of the world’s great playwrights.


"Musset was an enfant terrible, a flagrant and shameless poseur, a Romantic poet, a novelist, but especially one of the best playwrights of 19th-century France. Some believe he was the very best--a surprising claim, given that the works considered his masterpieces were written not for the stage but to be read at home in a comfortable armchair. Only some years after composition were these masterpieces staged to rousing and continuing success. Those efforts Musset intended from the beginning for the stage were failures. The translators offer here wonderful English versions of Musset's most reliable texts, preparing the plays well and providing excellent annotations. So skillful are the translations that this reviewer found himself caught up in the English version, even when in the background he could "hear" the actual French of Musset's characters. Particularly impressive are the solutions offered for those very clever turns of phrase that mark Musset's genius and pose such major problems for translators. The fact that the edition includes less-successful plays simply adds one more reason to recommend this book both to anglophones unable to taste Musset's inimitable style in French and to directors ... Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; general readers; professionals." - CHOICE

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface; Introduction
To the Reader of the Following Plays (Au lecteur des deux pièces quite suivent, 1832)
Such Stuff as Young Girls Dream Of (À quoi rêvent les jeunes filles, 1832)
The Moods of Mariana (Les Caprices de Marianne, 1833)
Fantasio (1834)
Lorenzaccio (1834)
Love Isn’t to Be Trifled With (On ne badine pas avec l’amour, 1834)
Barberine’s Spinning-Wheel (La Quenouille de Barberine, 1835)
You Never Can Tell (Il ne faut jurer de rien, 1836)
A Little Fling (Un Caprice, 1837)
A Door Must Be Either Open or Shut (Il faut qu’une porte soit ouverte ou fermée, 11845)
You Can’t think of Everything (On ne aurait penser à tout, 1849)
Barberine (1853)
Faustina (Faustine, unfinished)

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