Pierre Beaumarchais | Critical Essay by Julie C. Hayes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of Pierre Beaumarchais.
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Critical Essay by Julie C. Hayes

SOURCE: “Rewriting Bourgeois Drama: Beaumarchais's ‘double plan,’” in The Age of Theatre in France, edited by David Trott and Nicole Boursier, Academic Printing & Publishing, 1988, pp. 41-51.

In the following excerpt, Hayes examines Beaumarchais's general perspective on the theater and assesses the influence of Diderot's theories on Beaumarchais's works.

Beaumarchais's publicly acknowledged debt to the author of Le Père de famille brought him cruel raillery from Palissot: ‘Beaumarchais, trop obscur pour être intéressant, / De son dieu Diderot est le singe impuissant.’1 However, although Eugénie and Le Père de famille enjoyed roughly equal popularity, both were displaced in the 1780's by Le Barbier de Séville and Le Mariage de Figaro and today it is...

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