Georges Feydeau (1862 - 1921) was born in France to a well-known Parisian writer. He was influenced from a young age by prominent farcical authors such as Eugène Labiche and Henri Meilhac. His first significant international success, The Lady from Maxim's (La Dame de chez Maxim, 1899) and the monumental A Flea in Her Ear (La Puce à l’oreille, 1907) have been translated, adapted and produced countless times. He married the rich daughter of painter Carolus-Duran, and died of melancholia after a lengthy, unhappy marriage. Mr. Feydeau is known for his immaculate theatrical structure and a preoccupation with geometry in comedy, a form of writing Richard Hayes calls the "mathematics of theater."