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- Full Title: Tartuffe
- When Written: 1660s
- Where Written: Paris
- When Published: The play premiered on May 12, 1664. This version, however, was censored by royal decree, and the published version we use today was not performed until February 5, 1669.
- Literary Period: French Neoclassical comedy (mid-17th century)
- Genre: Comedic stage play
- Setting: Paris in the 1660s
- Climax: Elmire exposes Tartuffe as a fraud
- Antagonist: Tartuffe and the deceptive hypocrisy he represents
A Neoclassical Neologism. So culturally influential is the play Tartuffe, that the word “Tartuffe” has entered the dictionary as a synonym for “hypocrite.”