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Pierre Beaumarchais

Author, Spy (24-Jan-1732 — 18-May-1799)


Cynthia Cox. The Real Figaro: The Extraordinary Career of Caron de Beaumarchais. Longmans. 1962. 212pp.

René Dalsème. Translated by Hannaford Bennett. Beaumarchais, 1732-1799. New York: Putnam. 1929. 432pp.

Paul Frischauer. Translated by Margaret Goldsmith. Beaumarchais: Adventurer in the Century of Women. Viking Press. 1935. 312pp.

Janette C. Gatty. Beaumarchais sous la révolution: l'affaire des fusils de Hollande. E. J. Brill. 1976. 363pp. Language: French.

Frederic Grendel. Beaumarchais: The Man Who Was Figaro: A Biography. 1977. 305pp. Published in French, 1973.

William D. Howarth. Beaumarchais and the Theatre. Routledge. 1995. 273pp.

Margaret Leah Johnson. Beaumarchais and His Opponents: New Documents on His Lawsuits. Whittet & Shepperson. 1936. 278pp.

Elizabeth S. Kite. Beaumarchais and the War of American Independence. Boston: Richard G. Badger, Gorham Press. 1918. (2 vols.)

Georges Édouard Lemaître. Beaumarchais. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1949. 359pp.

Maurice Lever. Translated by Susan Emanuel. Beaumarchais: A Biography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2009. 368pp.

Louis de Loménie. Beaumarchais and His Times: Sketches of Court Life and French Society Under Louis XVI, the Reign of Terror and the Directory. Drallop. 1896. 460pp. Translation of Beaumarchais et son temps.

Brian N. Morton; Donald C. Spinelli. Beaumarchais and the American Revolution. Lexington Books. 2003. 361pp.

Brian N. Morton; Donald C. Spinelli. Beaumarchais: A Bibliography. Olivia and Hill. 1988. 374pp.

Marcel Pollitzer. Beaumarchais: Le Père de Figaro. Paris: La Colombe. 1957. 266pp. Language: French.

René Pomeau. Beaumarchais. Paris: Hatier. 1967. 224pp. Language: French.

J. B. Ratermanis; R. R. Irwin. The Comic Style of Beaumarchais. University of Washington Press. 1961. 140pp.

John Rivers. Figaro: The Life of Beaumarchais. London: Hutchinson. 1922. 315pp.

Ariane Ruskin. Spy for Liberty: the Adventurous Life of Beaumarchais: Playwright and Secret Agent for the American Revolution. Pantheon Books. 1965. 178pp.

Antoinette Shewmake (editor). For the Good of Mankind: Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais: Political Correspondence Relative to the American Revolution. University Press of America. 1987. 456pp.

Joseph Sungolowsky. Beaumarchais. Twayne. 1974. 116pp.

Hugh Thomas. Beaumarchais in Seville: An Intermezzo. Yale University Press. 2006. 177pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Random House Dictionary of World Biography (p.40)

  6. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.123)

  7. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.23)

  8. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.43)

  9. European Authors 1000-1900 (p.75)

  10. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.86)

  11. The Oxford Dictionary of Music (p.70)

  12. A Short Biographical Dictionary of Foreign Literature (p.20)

  13. Atlantic: Brief Lives: A Biographical Companion to the Arts (p.40)

  14. The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (pp.53-54)

  15. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.27)

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