Moliere is one of the handfuls of French authors well – known enough to be able to sell their manuscripts to acquire a marketable reputation. Moliere was the first French author to have benefited fully from the new design to assign to the best-known authors a visual image by which they could be recognized. Numerous painted portraits preserved a record of Moliere’s face during the last decade of his life. Moliere’s characters announce that he does not care what other playwrights think of it. To limit Moliere’s comic vision to matters of theatrical - or even theatrical and literary – technique would be to be content with externals; it is the unique combination of craftsmanship and ‘philosophy’ that defines his genius. According to (Fletcher)”The life of Moliere is a story of struggle, hard work, domestic unhappiness, death and burial in obscurity and almost in shame”.
The man Moliere was, above all, a chronicler of obsessions, although he never wrote about his own principle obsession which was work. Actor, playwright, director, manager, orator, officer, courtier, his life was unimaginably busy. French comedy was sterile in the beginning and Moliere gave it a life and a spirit of its own. Moliere’s stature as one of the world’s great masters of the dramatic form is based on his ability to create a wide range of remarkable theatrical characters.
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