About Adam de la Halle

Adam de la Halle was a thirteenth-century French trouvère (a singer-songwriter, or “inventor” of lyric verse) and playwright. Today, he is best remembered for his verse drama Le jeu de la feuillee (its title, virtually untranslatable, refers to “foliage,” or leafy branches, and “folly,” or madness), which lampoons the provincial city of Arras and its residents, including the character of the playwright, who cannot bring himself to leave. He was likely born in the mid-thirteenth century in Arras, France, and died between 1285 and 1288 in southern Italy.