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Charles Simon Favart (1710–1792)

Favart, Charles Simon (fä-vär’). A French dramatist; born at Paris, Nov. 13, 1710; died on May 18, 1792. His very youthful poem ‘France Freed by the Maid of Orleans’ won the prize of the Floral Plays; and at twenty-four he was writing successful comedies. These and his operettas number about 150 (his wife, Marie Justine Bénédicte Duronceray, 1727–72, being his constant collaborator), and are for the most part pretty and realistic scenes of love in the country; but some of them are amusing drolleries like the mediæval fabliaux. His most celebrated compositions are ‘Annette and Lubin’; ‘The Village Astrologer’; ‘Ninette at Court’; ‘The Three Sultanas’; ‘The Englishman at Bordeaux.’ His ‘Memoirs and Correspondence’ (3 vols., 1808) is of great value for the history of literature.