Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de.
Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de
(1688 - 1763) French dramatist and novelist. Marivaux is most famous for those of his comedies that analyze the vicissitudes of the heart during courtship: timidity, jealousy, misunderstandings - in brief, the subtle psychological aspects of the game of love. Among this type of play are Le Jeu de l ' amour et du hasard (1730), Les Fausses Confidences (1737), and L ' Epreuve (1740). Other plays by Marivaux are mythological, social, philosophical, or romanesque in theme, and his treatment of them is strikingly fanciful. His subtly nuanced, precious language is so peculiar to him that the term marivaudage has been coined to describe it. Marivaux's two unfinished novels, La Vie de Marianne (1731 - 41), completed by Marie Jeanne Riccoboni (1713 - 92), and Le Paysan parvenu (1735), combine penetrating analyses of characters ' states of mind and a vivacious, often realistic picture of all classes of Parisian society.