Victorien Sardou

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Sardou, Victorien


Born Sept. 7, 1831, in Paris; died there Nov. 8, 1908. French playwright. Member of the Académie Française (1877).

Sardou wrote many plays, including vaudevilles and comedies of intrigue, such as The Legs of a Fly (I860), and semihis-torical comedies, such as Madame Sans-Gêne (with E. Moreau; staged 1893; published 1907; Russian translation, 1894). He also wrote dramas of everyday life and comedies of manners, such as The Benoiton Family (1865) and Rabagas (1872), and historical melodramas, such as Fatherland! (1869; Russian translation, 1872). Light and cleverly constructed, with witty dialogue, his plays were very popular with the middle-class public. They were timely and had a certain satirical incisiveness, but these qualities were blunted by the author’s apologetic affirmation of bourgeois values. Sardou’s plays have provided themes for a number of operas, including Puccini’s Tosca (1900). Works by Sardou were staged in prerevolutionary Russia; they have also been produced on the Soviet stage.


Théâtre complet, vols. 1–15. Paris 1934–61.


Istoriia zapadnoevropeiskogo teatra, vol. 3. Moscow, 1963.
Mouly, G. La Vie prodigieuse de V. Sardou. Paris, 1931.
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