La Matrone chinoise

ou l’épreuve ridicule, comédie (1765)

Pierre-René Lemonnier

La Matrone chinoise
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Pierre-René Lemonnier

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

160 pages | 9 x 6
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9780859897327 Published May 2003 For sale in North and South America only
La Matronne chinoise is a new critical edition of a two-act comedy by Pierre-René Lemonnier, first performed in paris in 1765.  Lemonnier adapted a theme which dates back to the Latin writer Petronius and is also present in an old Chinese story that has been more recently taken up by Voltaire: the story of an apparently inconsolable widow who rapidly finds consolation in the arms of another.
 
The edition is accompanied by a full introduction setting out the play’s historical and thematic context, along with an analysis of its versification and an appendix reproducing earlier versions of the tale from Petronius to Voltaire.
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