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Five Comedies

George Sand, E. H. Blackmore, A. M. Blackmore

Publication Year: 2003

Best known as a novelist, George Sand (1804–1876) was also arguably the most successful woman dramatist in history. More than twenty of her plays were staged in major Paris theaters to widespread popular and critical acclaim. Translated here for the first time into English are her two most famous full-length comedies, The Marquis de Villemer and Françoise, as well as her three major one-act plays, The Paving Stone, The Japanese Lily, and A Good Deed Is Never Wasted. Noted for their lively characterization, sparkling dialogue, and deft constructions, her plays reflect the passion and generosity of her own character, as well as a quick-witted sense of humor. The translations are preceded by an introduction outlining Sand’s theatrical career, the main themes and characteristics of her plays, and critical appraisals from her own generation to the present day. The translations are followed by notes and a bibliography.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Series: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation


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pp. 1-15

Many famous novelists have written plays. Without going beyond the bounds of the English language, a list could include George Eliot’s The Spanish Gypsy, Trollope’s The Noble Jilt, Hardy’s The Dynasts, Joyce’s Exiles, Hemingway’s The Fifth Column, Saul Bellow’s The Last Analysis, the various dramatic works of Dickens, Henry...


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pp. 17-20

The Marquis de Villemer

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pp. 21-118


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pp. 119-190

The Paving Stone

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pp. 191-224

The Japanese Lily

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pp. 225-242

A Good Deed Is Never Wasted

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pp. 243-261


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pp. 263-270


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pp. 271-272

E-ISBN-13: 9780791486962
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791457115
Print-ISBN-10: 0791457117

Page Count: 278
Publication Year: 2003

Series Title: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation
Series Editor Byline: Marilyn Gaddis Rose See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 61367721
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  • Sand, George, 1804-1876 -- Translations into English.
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