Courteline, Georges

Courteline, Georges zhôrzh ko͞or˝təlēn´ [key], 1858–1929, French writer. His prolific humorous and satiric works include sketches, plays, tales, and novels. Bourgeois attitudes are ridiculed in his comedy Boubouroche (1892, tr. 1961) official red tape is satirized in his sketches Messieurs les ronds-de-cuir (1893, tr. The Bureaucrats, 1928) and the pitfalls of justice in the courts are hilariously exposed in Hortense, couche-toi (1897, tr. Hold on, Hortense, 1961) and L'Article 330 (1900, tr. 1961).

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