La Prude

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La Prude (The Prude) is a comic play by the French philosopher and author Voltaire, written in 1739.[1][2] It is based on The Plain Dealer by William Wycherly, which is turn is based on Molière's The Misanthrope.[3] It was performed once, in 1747, having been offered to the Comédie-Française but not accepted.[3]


  1. ^ Pearson, Roger (2010-12-15). Voltaire Almighty: A Life in Pursuit of Freedom. A&C Black. ISBN 9781408820803.
  2. ^ Cronk, Nicholas (2009-02-19). The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire. Cambridge University Press. p. 95. ISBN 9780521849739.
  3. ^ a b Carlson, Marvin A. (1998). Voltaire and the Theatre of the Eighteenth Century. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 52. ISBN 9780313303029.

Further reading[edit]

  • Russell Goulbourne (2006) "Voltaire, Comic Dramatist" Studies of Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century