Phèdre is a masterpiece of French tragedy. The depth of the characters, the force of the language, and mastery in the construction of the tragedy all contributed to the continuing interest in this screenplay. Voltaire called it the masterpiece of the human mind. ...
Phèdre is a masterpiece of French tragedy. The depth of the characters, the force of the language, and mastery in the construction of the tragedy all contributed to the continuing interest in this screenplay. Voltaire called it the masterpiece of the human mind. This tightly-knit seventeenth century play, based on a powerful and haunting myth that has already been subject to tragedies by such great names as Euripides and Seneca, is filled with compelling tension.
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Project Bilingual (A division of Wolf Pup Books) is a continuing project making available great original French writers' texts along with their English translation. This edition, which offers after every original language paragraph its translation, makes both grammar and vocabulary checks as painless as possible. Idiomatic forms that could be overlooked can be easily detected.
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Jean Racine was one of the most famous dramatists of the 17th century France. The current tragedy (Phedre) is only second to Cid of Corneille in terms of its importance in French tragedy development history.