Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière (; ; 15 January 162217 February 1673), was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature. His extant works includes comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets, and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today. His influence is such that the French language itself is often referred to as the "language of Molière"https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/04/who_speaks_the_language_of_moliere_.html.
Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell'arte elements with the more refined French comedy.
Despite the adulation of the court and Parisians, Molière's satires attracted criticism from churchmen. For ''Tartuffe's'' impiety, the Catholic Church denounced this study of religious hypocrisy followed by the Parliament's ban, while ''Don Juan'' was withdrawn and never restaged by Molière. [https://books.google.com/books?id=8qMTPAPFGXUC&pg=PA757] His hard work in so many theatrical capacities took its toll on his health and, by 1667, he was forced to take a break from the stage. In 1673, during a production of his final play, ''The Imaginary Invalid'', Molière, who suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, was seized by a coughing fit and a haemorrhage while playing the Provided by Wikipedia
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