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Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière

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Molière, Jean Baptiste Poquelin (zhäN bätēstˈ pôklăNˈ môlyĕrˈ) [key], 1622–73, French playwright and actor, b. Paris; son of a merchant who was upholsterer to the king. His name was originally Jean Baptiste Poquelin. Molière was the creator of French high comedy; his genius lay in exposing the hypocrisies and follies of his society through satire.

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