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He is best known for his “Testaments” and his “Ballade des Pendus”. Born in poverty in Paris in 1431, François Villon was known to be a person of unrestricting life and even had a reckless way of living common among the wilder youth of the University of Paris. Thus, playwright and author Lisa Monde has woven a historical drama that focuses on the life of this remarkable man in her play titled “I Know All Save Myself Alone.”
Set in 1452-1463 Paris, “I Know All Save Myself Alone” is a four-part play that uniquely portrays Villon’s life journey and exploits. The story leads us from Villon’s student years, when he used to be an assiduous scholar of Sorbonne and foster child of the senior Priest Guillaume de Villon, to the time when the poet gets involved with a bad company and is being led into the mire of thefts, burglaries, and finally – unpremeditated murder.
After the crime Villon is banished from Paris and he wanders in the precincts of the city fighting for survival, retaining his fervent mind, sharp tongue, skill of scoffing his enemies and ill-wishers in his poems. However, the prodigal son returns to Paris to find his place in this world. Being banished for the last time, he vanishes from Paris and vanishes from History.
Accompanying this play are meaningful quotations from the books of Villon’s translated poetry. Interconnecting with Villon’s life and poetry, this book will inspire readers while at the same time giving amusement to everyone. Readers will witness a unique representation of life in the 15th century through “I Know All Save Myself Alone.”
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About the Author
Lisa Monde is a composer, actress, singer, playwright, and author of five musical librettos, including the musical “Francois Villon. Three days in Paris” (based on the fourth part of the play – the return of Villon to Paris from his exile), which has been produced in Moscow and performed successfully for the last three years. Medieval poetry is her hobby. Favorite poet – Francois Villon. The play I Know All Save Myself Alone is the result of long years of researching all existing sources about the poet’s life and creations. Lisa has a Ph.D. in Musical Pedagogy, works as a vocal coach and is the author of fifty scientific publications, that include several patents and innovative methods. The play has been highly acknowledged by the Dramatists Guild of America and the author has become a member of the Guild.
I Know All Save Myself Alone * by Lisa Monde
Publication Date: November 23, 2011
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