One of a series of French texts which are works of the past and not readily accessible to scholars. Each has historic or literary value and is accompanied by an introduction in French. This volume presents "Le Philinte de Moliere" by P. Fabre d'Eglantine. The play is the 18th-century continuation of Moliere's classic comedy, "Le Misanthrope", influenced by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The first performance caused a stir and was acclaimed by d'Eglantine's contemporaries. It is an important work, particularly when presented in the context of the author's life and the political backdrop against which it was written, and is vital to any study of the legacy of Moliere and of the history of the theatre in the late-18th century.
Judith K. Proud is Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader in French at the Centre for Modern Languages, University of Plymouth.