Georges Feydeau

The play writer Marcel Achard defined Feydeau on 1984 as "The biggest comic author after Molière": . Georges – Leon – Julie – Marie Feydeau, (1862 - 1921), French writer, farses and comic plays author, was born in Paris. His father was a famous novelist, Flaubert's friend, author of archeology as well as libertine novels. foto1His mother, Polish, was very known for her beauty. He wrote his first comic monologue in earnest. 24-years-old, he found his first success with Tailleur pour dames (Ladies' Dressmaker, 1887), well received by critics. In subsequent years he wrote at least six other works, which did not convince neither the public nor the critics. Only in 1892, when he staged his vaudeville "Monsieur chasse !" (The Lord goes hunting) the playwrighter achieved a great success of public. Then "Champignol malgré lui" Champignol in Spite of Himself) and "Le Système Ribadier" (Every trick in the book) who began a series of classic vaudeville like "Chat en poche" (Pig in a poke) 1888, "L'Hôtel du libre échange" (Free Exchange Hotel) 1894, "La Dame de chez Maxim" (The Girl from Maxim's) 1899, "La Duchesse des Folies-Bergères" 1902, "La Puce à l'oreille" (A Flea in Her Ear) 1907, "Occupe-toi d'Amélie" 1908 and "Le Dindon" (Sauce for the Goose) 1910. After this period, Feydeau wrote a series of plays grouped under the title "Du Mariage au Divorce" marital farces in one act, based probably on the failure of his marriage with Marianne Carolus-Duran. Among these are mentioned "Feu la mère de madame" (1908), "On purge bébé" (1910) "Mais n'te promène donc pas toute nue !" (1911), and "Hortense a dit "Je m'en fous!" (Hortense says, "I don't give a damn!") (1916).

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