The School for Wives by Molière

The School for Wives (French: L'école des femmes) is a theatrical comedy written by the 17th century French playwright Molière and considered by some critics to be one of his finest achievements. It was first staged at the Palais Royal theatre on December 26, 1662 for the brother of the King. The play depicts a character who is so intimidated by femininity that he resolves to marry his young, naïve ward and proceeds to make clumsy advances to this purpose. It raised some outcry from the public, which seems to have recognized Molière as a bold playwright who would not be afraid to write about controversial issues. In June 1663, the playwright cunningly responded to the uproar against this play with another piece entitled La Critique de L'École des femmes, in which he provided some explanation for his unique style of comedy. A musical adaptation entitled The Amorous Flea was staged off-Broadway in 1964.

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The School for Wives and The Learned Ladies, by Moliere: Two comedies in an acclaimed translation. Kindle Edition 135953 $9.99 1991
The School for Wives and The Learned Ladies Paperback 2273341 $3.76 $1.61 1991
The School for Wives (Oberon Classics) Kindle Edition 273585 $6.84 2012
School for Wives (Library Edition Audio CDs) (L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collections) Audio CD 4239811 $20.27 $16.27 2008
The School for Wives: Comedy in Five Acts, 1662 Hardcover 4857299 $133.28 $0.01 1971
L'Ecole des Femmes (The School for Wives) [French & English Bilingual Edition] - Paragraph by Paragraph Translation (French Edition) Kindle Edition 655741 $3.99 2010
The School For Wives Hardcover 6493051 $20.24 $24.97 2010
L'école des femmes comédie. Par Monsieur de Moliere. = The school for wives. A comedy. From the French of Moliere. Paperback 814720 $17.30 $22.70 2010
Plays, by Moliere. The man-hater, The school for husbands, The school for wives, Love is the best doctor, and The hypocondriac. Paperback 11815622 $24.03 $30.27 2010
School for Wives (Oberon Classics) Paperback 3862243 $11.87 $0.01 1998
School for Wives Audible Audio Edition 95479 $3.95 2009
The School For Wives Paperback 1835193 $16.95 $1.68 2004
The Dramatic Works of Moliere V2: School for Husbands; The Bores; School for Wives; School for Wives Criticized; Impromptu of Versailles; The Forced M Paperback 5260489 $3.70 $23.18 2007
The School for Wives: Comedy in Five Acts, 1662 Paperback 3885190 $4.33 $0.01
School for Wives Paperback 11207208 $5.35 $5.36 1971
The School for Wives: (L'Ecole Des Femmes) Paperback 4335833 $9.85 1998
School for Wives (Acting Edition) Paperback 6139397 $19.08 $3.68 2003
Moliere Five Plays: "The School for Wives", "Tartuffe", "The Misanthrope", "The Miser", "The Hypochondriac" (World Classics) Paperback 1835375 $23.40 $1.47 1982
Moliere's The School For Wives Paperback 1632246 $59.39 $2.49 1991
Educating Agnes Paperback 5453334 $7.51 $6.38 2009
The School for Wives and The Learned Ladies, by Moliere: Two comedies in an acclaimed translation. Paperback 671359 $5.84 $1.40 1991