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Octave Mirbeau
Two Plays: Business is Business and Charity
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ISBN 9781841504865
Paperback 194 pages
230x174mm
Published January 2012
Imprint: Intellect
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Octave Mirbeau was one of the most prolific and provocative literary figures of France’s Belle Époque, and his innovative theatrical works are only recently being rediscovered and appreciated by modern audiences. Here for the first time in English-language translation are his two most celebrated and successful plays: Business is Business, a relentlessly satirical comedy of manners recalling Molière; and Charity, a controversial three-act comedy centred on the exploitation of adolescents in a dubious charity home.

In addition to the play texts, this volume also includes an introduction contextualizing the works and the translation and adaptation process.

Click here to download a pdf of the review of Octave Mirbeau (in French) by Vittorio Frigerio for Dalhousie French Studies.

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Chapter titles
Introduction
Richard Hand
Octave Mirbeau: A Theatre Chronology
Business is Business, a comedy in three acts (Les Affaires sont les affaires, 1903)
Charity, a comedy in three acts (Le Foyer, 1908)
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