Jean Anouilh was born on June 23, , in France. Anouilh studied law as a teenager and worked briefly in advertising. He soon became aware of his strong . Media in category “Eurydice (Anouilh play)”. This category contains only the following file. Dorothy McGuire Richard Burton Legend of Lovers. Eurydice has 71 ratings and 2 reviews: Published by Bordas, pages, Hardcover.

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Eurydice – Jean Anouilh, Rambert George – Google Books

eurydicee As a child, Anouilh spent many nights watching his mother play for various operettas. He started playwriting at the tender age of twelve, and by the comparatively wintry age of nineteen had his first finished piece, Humulus Le Muet, a collaboration with Jean Aurenche.

Once he had finished his early schooling, Anouilh continued his education studying law at the prestigious Sarbonne.

He merged his love of the theatre with eugydice love of the heart in with his marriage to the actress Monelle Valentin. The results of the decree of devotion were prolific.


Anouilh wrought a multitude of plays during the subsequent years. Following his first hit, Le Voyageur Sans Bagagethe Paris stage was to enjoyed a new Anouilh play nearly every season. Euryfice career as a playwright would eventually stretch over five decades.

Jean-Paul Sartre from whom Anouilh had adopted some of his existentialist views advocated the significance of using myth in contemporary theatre. In the Anouilh school, classic storybook endings of total contentment are deemed incomplete, or fashioned from fibs and compromise.

Despite its sober subject matter, Eurydice was a success in Anouil.

Eurydice Notes

Critics and crowds alike seemed to receive wurydice show kindly; and the production was of some note as it marked the American stage debut of Viveca Lindfors.

Under a different title, Point of Departure, and a new translation by Kitty Black, Eurydice opened in at the Lyric Theatre, then transferred its performances to the Globe Theatre now known as the Gielgud.

Eurydice found a welcome audience with the English, and the production achieved similar success as it had in Paris. Under yet another title, Legend of Lovers, Eurydice opened at the Plymouth Theater using the same Kitty Black translation of the piece.


Generally speaking, it was not well received — though the cast was universally praised. A revival eight years later, in at the 41st Street Theater, Eurydice or, Legend of Lovers failed again to claim a mainstream audience — with the critics as divided as they were the first go round.

The New York Journal American, however, found the whole thing worse the second time around.

He also worked with adaptation, translating pieces by authors such as Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and Graham Greene. And he collaborated on many screenplays, directed two films, and wrote ballets.

Anouilh passed away from a heart attack at age 77 on October 3rd, in Switzerland. He was survived by his second wife, and four children — one of who is an actress.