Pellissier, R. (possibly aka Raoul Pellissier, ________ translator from French into English, ____-____) “A Caprice,”
a __-minute domestic comedy in English, translated from Alfred de Musset’s French original by R. Pellissier and Mary H. Dey, set in Paris, France, 1837,
2m2f or 1m1f
© 1987 by R. Pellissier and Mary H. Dey;
• in Alfred de Musset’s A Caprice, translated by R. Pellissier and Mary H. Dey (New York: Howard Fertig, Inc., Publishers, 1987), ISBN 0865273588, LCCN 87-7426, 163 pp., containing “A Venetian Night,” “Andre del Sarto,” “The Follies of Marianne,” “Fantasio,” “No Trifling with Love,” “Barbarine,” “A Caprice,” “The Door Must Be Either Open or Shut,” “Louison,” “One Cannot Think of Everything”;
• script/rights available from source listed in Pellissier and Dey anthology.
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
_____ (m), a count; _____ (m), _____; _____ (f), count’s wife; _____ (f), another woman.
“Count realizes value of his faithful wife, after experiencing subtle intrigue by another woman.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 258.
“Nobleman who comes to pay lady a social call ends by proposing marriage.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 258.
• R. Pellissier may be Raoul Pellissier.
• Un caprice dates from 1837.
• “Alfred de Musset was born in Paris . . . descended from distinguished families, and his father had written several historical and travel works. Musset entered the Collège Henry IV and graduated with honors in 1827. After hesitating between many professions, Musset abandoned medicine . . . and studied painting for six months in the Louvre. Musset began his career as a poet and dramatist in 1828 . . . . His first collection of poems . . . appeared in 1829. The work won the approval of Victor Hugo . . . . In 1830, at the invitation of the director of the Théâtre de l’Odeon, Musset wrote La nuit vénetienne, the first of his plays to be produced. After the humiliating failure on the stage, Musset refused to allow his other plays than historical tragedies and comedies to be performed. It partly liberated him from the thoughts of ‘technique’—he did not care whether the plays made an effect . . . . In 1833 Musset met George Sand, and started an intense relationship with her. . . . In 1834 Musset visited Venice with Sand, and they both became dangerously ill. Sand fell in love with her physician, and Musset returned alone to France. This stormy year inspired his plays On ne badine pas avec l’amour and Lorenzaccio, which is sometimes considered his finest drama. . . . Musset became engaged to Aimée d’Alton in 1837. The relationship faded within a year and was followed by brief affairs. His health began to fail and after 1840s Musset’s literary production as a dramatist diminished. In 1845 he was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, and from the late 1840s his plays started to enjoy success on the French stage. . . . Musset was elected to the French Academy in 1852. In the same year he entered into a love affair with Louise Colet, the former mistress of Gustave Flaubert. For the last two years of his life, Musset was confined to his apartment near the Comédie-Française. His heart ailment, an unusual vascular malfunction that became known to scientist as the Musset symptom, was aggravated by drinking. He died in Paris on May 2, 1857. Nowadays Musset’s popularity is second only to Racine and Moliere. . . . His influence is probably best seen in the plays of Jean Anouilh. Musset had a profound grasp of the psychology of love and his portraits of women were multidimensional.”—Alfred de Musset, http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/demusset.htm, accessed June 9, 2002.
1837, aristocracy, fidelity, France, intrigue, love triangle, de Musset (Louis Charles Alfred de Musset, French playwright, Romantic poet, novelist, 1810-1857).