This play by a young Toulouse lawyer-poet, was published posthumously in 1611 and has since been largely neglected. It is reprinted here for the first time, accompanied by an introductory study, explanatory notes and a glossary. Phalante offers the reader an early example of the French "dilemma play" exploiting the theme of inner conflict. At the same time, because it dramatises a story which appeared in Sidney's Arcadia (published in 1590, but not translated into French until 1624), it poses questions about contemporary Anglo-French literary relations.
Alan Howe is Lecturer in French, University of Liverpool.
Frontispice: JEAN GALAUT, gravure de Jaspar Isaac (Cliche Bibliotheque Municipale de Toulouse), ii; INTRODUCTION; L'auteur et son milieu, vii; La datation de Phalante, xvi; Un sujet imite du roman anglais (?), xix; Une tragedie de l'epoque Henri IV, xxvi; L'etablissement du texte, xxxviii; BIBLIOGRAPHIE SOMMAIRE, xliii; PHALANTE; Acteurs, 2; Acte I, 3; Acte II, 19; Acte III, 33; Acte IV, 45; Acte V, 55; GLOSSAIRE, 69; APPENDICE, 75.