from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de 1732-1799. French writer whose best-known works are the comic plays Le Barbier de Séville (1775) and Le Mariage de Figaro (1784), which inspired operas by Rossini and Mozart.


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  • It found its embodiment in Beaumarchais, whom the people of the United States scarcely ever mention, but who did more to help that country achieve independence than any other non-military man.

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  • Welsh Cake, re weekend in Paris…when my husband and I went to Paris last year we stayed somewhere called the Hotel Beaumarchais which is near the Marais and Bastille.


  • Beaumarchais's play, about the lustful count's determination to bed his servant on the night before her wedding day, has tended to be over-shadowed by Mozart's opera, but in its day it was considered a scandalous shocker, described by Napoleon as "the revolution in action."

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  • Ranjit Bolt's version of Beaumarchais's comedy, transposed to the Mughal Empire of the 19th century, was first staged by Tara Arts in 2006.

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  • You can decide which 1950s French arthouse classic to purchase between mouthfuls of mouelleux fondant chocolate cake. • 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 3rd, +33 1 4277 0033,

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  • You'd hardly call them revolutionary but they do resemble the subversive below-stairs crew of Beaumarchais' 1784 The Marriage of Figaro.

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  • From Lebanese to French, Chef David Diaz of Beaumarchais in the Meatpacking district is cooking up one of my favorite duck dishes right now, utilizing cherries, chestnuts, and radicchio.

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  • He did something radical when he wrote The Marriage of Figaro in 1786, turning Beaumarchais's incendiary piece of pre-revolutionary upstairs-downstairs theatre into what's possibly the world's best-loved opera.

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  • Scenes of "pure acting"—like that of d'Éon (Ms. Guillem) negotiating in French with the playwright-politician Beaumarchais (Mr. Lepage) over the terms of his return to France—can be fairly tedious, as can paragraphs of amplified exposition from offstage.

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  • And they drew on an unprecedented pool of capital—the funds advanced by Congress combined with the resources of the European traders who, like Beaumarchais, assembled shipments on their own credit against future remittances from America.

    Robert Morris


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