Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Flecknoe, Richard, d. 1678?The damoiselles a la mode. A comedy. Compos’d and written by Richard Flecknoe.London : printed for the author, 1667.8⁰ , 124,  p. ; Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), F1211 [Wing has a grave accent over the first "a" of "a la mode", not found in CSmH or DFo copies] ESTC (RLIN) R18249
The Damoiselles à La Mode. A Comedy. Compos'd and Written by Richard Flecknoe. London: Printed for the Author, 1667. 8°, Dedicated to the Duke and Dúchese of Newcastle. Written for the King's Company: Cartwright as Bonhonmme, Hart as Valerio, Lacy as Sganarelle, Mohum as Mascarillo, and the Marshall sisters, Mary and Anne, as the 'Damoiselles à La Mode' (L&M)
The earliest known reference to Molière by an English writer is to be found in the preface of the 'Damoiselles à la Mode,' by Richard Flecknoe, and printed in 1667. In this preface the author states :—
" This comedy is taken oat of several excellent pieces of Molière. The main plot out of his 'Pretieueees Ruliculeea '; the counterplot of Sganarelle out of his ' Escole dee Femmes' and out of the ' Escole des Marys ' the two Naturals ; all of which, like ao many Pretieuse •tones 1 have brought out of France; und as a Lapidary set in one Jewel to adorn our English Stage." http://goo.gl/dI2p1
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