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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Aka: Moliere. “Writing is a little bit like prostitution. First you do it for love. Then you do it for a few friends. Then you do it for money.” ― Molière. By: Sydney Travers. “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”. Life:.

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jean baptiste poquelin

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

Aka: Moliere

“Writing is a little bit like prostitution. First you do it for love. Then you do it for a few friends. Then you do it for money.”

― Molière

By: Sydney Travers


“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”

  • Born in January of 1622 in Paris
  • Father was a successful upholsterer
  • Love of theater at early age. Later befriended TiberioFiorelli (Scaramouche), an Italian actor.
  • Studied law briefly and was allowed to practice in 1641, but chose theater.
  • First Major Writing:

Le MédecinVolant (1645) -The Flying Doctor

  • Part of Neo-Classical Movement
  • Most famous plays:


The Miser-1668

The Misanthrope-1666

Don Juan-1665

The School for Wives-


Was a satirist, observer and philosopher in his writings.

“Ah! What a fine thing it is to know something!”

  • Unafraid of critiquing and being critiqued.
  • "Quarrel of L'École des femmes" Presented to king. Molière attacked by critics. Molière answers his foes in “Critique de l'École des femmes,” presented in June 1663.
  • Tartuffe religious battle.

“We die only once, and for such a long time.”

later years
Later Years:
  • Struggled with illness, marital problems, and depression.
  • Still, wrote and produced a work that showed mastery and genius. Le Misanthrope (1666), lacked the popular appeal of success.
  • L'Avare(168), failed miserably
  • Faced extreme financial problems.
  • A comedy-ballet, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670), brought back public.
  • Developed a cough-tried to mask as a comic device.
  • No faith in medicine.
  • February 17, 1673, during the fourth performance of his last work, Le Maladeimaginaire, Molière began having seizures.
  • Died that same night, attended only by two nuns, having been refused the right to see a priest.

“Reason is not what decides love.”

fun facts
Fun Facts:
  • Assumed the name "Molière" in order to spare his family of embarrassment.
  • Served two prison terms as a result of the company's debts
  • 1658, Molière's comedy, Le Docteuramoureux, put on for King Louis XIV .
  • Dom Juan not published till after his death.
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Modern Day Moliere…SLASH!!!
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