This volume features new American translations of classic French comedies: Lesage's Turcaret, a scabrous satire of greed in early 18th-century Paris; Marivaux's The Triumph of Love, which features a cross-dressing princess who seduces three reasoning philosophers in order to restore the throne to its rightful owner; and Labiche's Eating Crow, about a penniless adventurer who rises to the top of society in one day by flattering everyone he meets.
James gives an overview of the book:
I live in Baltimore. I teach dramaturgy at Swarthmore College and translation/adaptation at the Yale School of Drama, where I received my doctorate--which became Three French Comedies (Yale University Press). I make tens of dollars translating classic plays...