Year/Century: 18th century
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Description: The P. Corneille Theatre Paris, 1738 Measuring 4 by 6 1/2", with French text Pastedowns with bookplate at the front marbled endpapers and edges. Excellent inside condition; spines have some damage; bindings are a little weathered. France's Pierre Corneille (1606–1684) was a dramatist. Along with Molière and Racine, he is often regarded as one of the three greatest French dramatists of the seventeenth century. When he was younger, he gained the valuable support of Cardinal Richelieu, who was attempting to advance classical tragedy along formal lines. However, they later clashed, particularly over his most well-known play, Le Cid, which tells the story of a medieval Spanish warrior and was condemned for violating the unities by the recently established Académie française. For almost forty years, he composed well-received dramas.
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