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The Comic RomancePaul Scarron’s masterpiece, The Comic Romance, recounts the adventures of a troupe of provincial itinerant actors, skilfully weaving comic anecdotes of their amorous exploits and the central love story between Léandre and his beloved Angélique into a rich and realistic tapestry depicting rural France.
A milestone of picaresque literature, The Comic Romance spawned countless imitations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and was championed in the nineteenth century by eminent literary figures such as Théophile Gautier and Gérard de Nerval.
‘Paul Scarron is the Homer of the school of buffoonery.’ Théophile Gautier
‘Jacques Houis’s lively new translation conveys the energy and vitality of Scarron’s original… a welcome revival of a comic classic.’ Times Literary Supplement