Pierre de Lavirey was born in the east of France and died in Troyes. Little is known about him, but he has left behind him adaptations into French of nine Italian plays which make him one of the most prolific writers of comedy in the sixteenth century. Les Tromperies formed part of the second collection of adaptations written by Lavirey.
This is the first critical edition of a neglected version of the Life of Saint Alexis found in a late twelfth century manuscript written in England containing several other saints’ lives, and now, after many adventures, in the Bibliothèque nationale.
Known principally for Bruges-la-Morte, Georges Rodenbach is also the author of other works worthy of present-day study. This volume contains the texts of two of his plays: Le Voile enacts a whole network of themes with a connection to Bruges, while Le Mirage adapts Bruges-la-Morte for the stage.