Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliah

Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliah

by Jean Racine
     
 

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The 17th century dramatist Jean Racine was considered, along with Molière and Corneille, as one of the three great playwrights of his era. The quality of Racine's poetry has been described as possibly his most important contribution to French literature and his use of the alexandrine poetic line is one of the best examples of such use noted for its harmony,…  See more details below

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The 17th century dramatist Jean Racine was considered, along with Molière and Corneille, as one of the three great playwrights of his era. The quality of Racine's poetry has been described as possibly his most important contribution to French literature and his use of the alexandrine poetic line is one of the best examples of such use noted for its harmony, simplicity and elegance. While critics over the centuries have debated the worth of Jean Racine, at present, he is widely considered a literary genius of revolutionary proportions. In this volume of Racine's plays we find "Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliah", three of the most popular of the author's dramas. In "Iphigenia" we find the titular daughter of Agamemnon, King of the Greeks, who must sacrifice his daughter in order to set sail for war. In "Phaedra", we have the classic story from Greek mythology concerning its titular character who though married to Theseus falls in love with Hippolytus. And finally in "Athaliah" we find the biblical story of Athaliah, widow of the king of Judah, who rules the country as Queen regnant.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420949032
Publisher:
Digireads.com Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jean Racine was born in 1639 at La Ferté Milon, sixty miles east of Paris. In 1677, when he had ten plays to his credit and was high in favor with both the court and the public, he abandoned the theatre, which was regarded as far from respectable by the Church, and joined the Establishment as Royal Historiographer. It was only after a silence of twelve years that he wrote his last two plays (both on religious subjects), Esther and Athaliah. He died in 1699.

John Cairncross also translated The Cid; Cinna ; The Theatrical Illusion (0140443126) for Penguin Classics.

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