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Pierre de Beaumarchais
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    (January 24, 1732-May 18, 1799)
    Birth name was Pierre-Augustin Caron
    Wrote ‘Le Sacristan (1765),’ ‘Le Barier de Séville (1775),’ ‘La Folle journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro (1784)’ and ‘La Mère coupable (1792)’
    He married rich widows for their money.
    He was accused of murdering his first two wives for the inheritance.
    His second wife’s son also died mysteriously.
    He was known for his philandering.
    He briefly worked as a slave trader.
    He got in legal trouble many times.
    His plays were banned for obscenity and subversion.
    He loved arguing.
    He played the harp.
    He was an inventor who produced several innovations in watch-making.
    When a man broke his sister’s heart, Beaumarchais chased him down in Spain.
    He ran guns to the rebel colonists during the American Revolution.
    He was a spy for France in Britain and Germany.
    His plays satirized the class system of his time.
    He fought against censorship most of his life.
    His ‘Figaro’ plays were turned into great operas by Mozart and Rossini.

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