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Chaussee Nivelle de la; Oeuvres de Monsieur de Nivelle de la Chaussee

SKU: Chaussee Niv dela AB0210085 $95.00
Oeuvres de Monsieur de Nivelle de la Chaussee (works of Mr. Nivelle de la Chaussee) published by Chez Prault Paris in 1762. Originally issued as a Five Volume set of which this is the First and only Volume. Printed in French. Including: Full leather gilt embellishments on spine with red morocco title block. Title in gilt. Some leather loss (1.5 cm. x 2 cm.) immediately below title block. Trigesimo-secundo (32mo) with 354 off-white to cream pages without foxing spotting tears or loss with an additional 33 pages of advertising. Some edge staining and bleed through on the last five pages not affecting text. Text is complete. Marbled paste down and end pages. Faint pencil notation of year published and price on inside end page. No other inscriptions. Leather cracked the length of the hinge on both sides. Very minor leather loss to the spine head. A first rate deluxe printing when issued 248 years ago. An entertaining read for the Francophile. Pierre-Claude Nivelle de la Chaussee (14 February 1692 14 May 1754) born in Paris was a French dramatist who blurred the lines between comedy and tragedy with his comedie larmoyante. In 1731 he published an Epitre a Clio a didactic poem in defense of Leriget de la Faye in his dispute with Antoine Houdar de la Motte who had maintained that verse was useless in tragedy. La Chaussee was forty years old before he produced his first play La Fausse Antipathic 1734 (included in this volume). His second play Le Prejugee a la mode 1735 (included in this volume) turns on the fear of incurring ridicule felt by a man in love with his own wife a prejudice dispelled in France according to La Harpe by La Chaussee trades comedy. Ecole des amis 1737 (included in this volume) followed and after an unsuccessful attempt at tragedy in Maximinien he returned to comedy in Melanide (1741). Melanide fully develops the type known as comedie larmoyante. Comedy was no longer to provoke laughter but tears. The innovation consisted of destroying the sharp distinction then existing between tragedy and comedy in French literature. Indications of this change had been already offered in the work of Marivaux and La Chaussee trades plays led naturally to the domestic drama of Diderot and of Sedaine. The new method found bitter enemies. Alexis Piron nicknames the author le Reverend Pere Chausseeand ridiculed him in one of his most famous epigrams. Voltaire maintained that the comedie larmoyante was a proof of the inability of the author to produce either of the recognized kinds of drama though he himself produced a play of similar character in Enfant prodigue. The hostility of the critics did not prevent the public from shedding tears nightly over the sorrows of La Chaussee trades heroine.