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François Ponsard (1814–1867)

Ponsard, François (pô-sär’). A French dramatist; born at Vienne, 1814; died at Paris, 1867. His first venture in literature was made with a translation of Lord Byron’s ‘Manfred’ (1837). His ‘Lucretia’ (1843), in the production of which on the stage of the Odéon the celebrated Rachel acted the leading rôle, was a brilliant success: it marked a reaction against romanticism. Among his other dramatic productions are: ‘Agnès de Méranie’ (1846); ‘Charlotte Corday’ (1850); ‘Ulysses’ (1852); ‘Honor and Money’ (1853), a fine satiric comedy; ‘The Bourse’ (1856); ‘What Pleases Womankind’ (1860), a trilogy, which had little success; ‘The Lion in Love’ (1866); ‘Galileo’ (1867).