A matching pair of volumes of classic French literature, in original slipcases, offer a substantial overview of the works of these two important authors. Moliere's plays are still performed regularly (albeit in translation), and much enjoyed, while the works of Emile Zola provide an in-depth analysis of French/Parisian society during the Second Empire. Both books are labelled 'Volume II', and there must be matching Volumes I to be collected.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622 (baptised)-1673), known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the great French writers. His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, and more, and have been
translated into every major living language and performed all over the world. His influence is such that the French language is often referred to as the "language of Molière".
Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (1840-1902) was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. A major figure in the political liberalisation of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus (encapsulated in the famous newspaper headline J'Accuse!'), Zola was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.
Our books are both in excellent 'as new' condition, in protective slipcases showing very few signs of wear (the Moliere slightly more than the Zola). Colour-coordinated silk page markers. An insert for the Zola suggests that there would have been helpful family trees to consult - but these are not present, sadly. The books are beautifully produced, printed on fine India paper, and protected by clear outer covers.