Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de pyĕr´ kärlā´ də shäNblē´ də märēvō´ [key]
, 1688–1763, French dramatist and novelist. He enjoyed popularity for a time with his numerous comedies, including Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard
(1730, tr. Love in Livery
) and Le Legs
(1736, tr. The Legacy,
1915), which analyze the sentiments and complications of love in a graceful, though often precious, style. The term marivaudage
was thenceforth applied to his brand of artificiality. He also wrote two unfinished novels of middle-class life, La Vie de Marianne
(1731–41) and Le Paysan parvenu
(1735–36), which are important early examples of the genre.
See G. Poe, The Rococo and Eighteenth-Century Theater (1987); R. C. Rosbottom, Marivaux's Novels (1975).
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