Octave Mirbeau: Two Plays (Book)

"Business is Business" and "Charity"

Translated by Richard J. Hand

Octave Mirbeau was one of the most prolific literary figures of FranceÆs storied Belle \u00c9poque, and his innovative theatrical works are only recently being rediscovered and appreciated by modern audiences. Here for the first time in English-language translation are his two most celebrated and successful plays: Business is Business, a classical comedy of manners recalling Moli\u00e8re; and Charity, a satirical comedy centered around the exploitation of adolescents in a dubious charity home. In addition to the play texts, this volume also includes an introduction contextualizing the works and the translation and adaptation process.

Category: Performing Arts
Series: Playtext


Richard J. Hand is professor of theater and media drama at the University of Glamorgan in Wales and founding editor of Intellect's Journal of Adaptation in Theatre and Performance.

Richard Hand
Octave Mirbeau: A Theatre Chronology
Business is Business, a comedy in three acts (Les Affaires sont les affaires, 1903)
Charity, a comedy in three acts (Le Foyer, 1908)
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