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La gloire : the Roman Empire of Corneille and Racine

Author: Louis Auchincloss
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©1996.
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"In a charming collection of elegant essays, one of the twentieth century's leading men of letters turns his vast knowledge and worldly authority to the texts of two seventeenth-century French dramatists. Louis Auchincloss considers sixteen plays by Pierre Corneille (1606-84) and his younger theatrical rival, Jean Racine (1639-99). Musing on the ideas that informed the court of the Sun King and on what classical  Read more...
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Named Person: Pierre Corneille; Jean Racine; Pierre Corneille; Jean Racine; Pierre Corneille; Jean Racine; Jean Racine; Pierre Corneille
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 1570031223 9781570031229
OCLC Number: 35360681
Language Note: Includes selected passages of Carneille's and Racine's French plays, with parallel English translations.
Description: vii, 90 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Horace --
Sophonisbe --
Nicomede --
Sertorius --
Mithridate --
La Mort de Pompee --
Cinna --
Britannicus --
Othon --
Tite et Berenice --
Polyeucte --
Theodore and Pulcherie --
Attila --
Surena.
Responsibility: Louis Auchincloss.

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In this collection of essays, Auchincloss considers the text of 17th-century French dramatists, Corneille and Racine. He offers observations about classic French tragedy, passion, self-sacrifice,  Read more...

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