By Catherine Rush Thompson
For those interested in exploring Molière and his work, the KC Molière 400 in 2022 site is the perfect introduction: https://www.kcmoliere400in2022.com/playlist.html. Here Dr. Felicia Londré outlines a complete list of Molière’s plays in chronological order, beginning with his first play, La Jalousie du Barbouillé (The Jealous Husband), and ending with his last play, Le Malade Imaginaire (The Hypochondriac). Dr. Londré also categorizes plays suitable for young audiences, comedies with music and dance, one-act farces, short comedies and full-length comedies, followed by plays about Molière or inspired by his work. This is a wonderful place to begin appreciating Moliere’s extensive work and comedic themes.
For as little as $0.99 you can order used books featuring Molière’s work at: https://www.alibris.com/. Better yet, local libraries offer free eBooks and access to other online resources to explore Molière from the comfort of your own home.
The Kansas City Public Library offers a range of resources featuring Molière and his work, listing twenty-nine books, three eBooks, a movie, and a downloadable audiobook, including:
The Johnson County Library similarly has a collection of Molière’s work comprised of six books, one eBook one movie, and one downloadable audiobook, including:
Mid-Continent Public Library’s Molière collection includes eleven books, three eBooks, one audiobook (CD), seventeen streaming videos, two streaming music CDs, and two DVDs. Listed below are videos available in English and French that can be streamed remotely using a library membership:
Enjoy exploring Molière!