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By Joseph Harris, Jean Racine, Pierre Corneille, Molière, John Edmunds

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The 'greatest hits' of French classical theatre, in brilliant and acclaimed new Penguin translations through John Edmunds and with editorial equipment by means of Joseph Harris.

The performs during this quantity - Cinna, The Misanthrope, Andromache and Phaedra - span in simple terms thirty-seven years, yet make up the defining interval of French theatre. In Corneille's Cinna (1640), absolute energy is explored in historic Rome, whereas Moliere's The Misanthrope (1666), the one comedy during this assortment, sees its anti-hero outcast for his refusal to comply to social conventions. the following are also key performs via Racine: Andromache (1667), recounting the tragedy of Hector's widow after the Trojan battle, and Phaedre (1677), displaying a mom crossing the boundaries of affection together with her son.

This translation of Phaedra was once initially broadcast on Radio 3 with a forged together with Prunella Scales and Timothy West, and used to be praised via playwright Harold Pinter. this is often the 1st time it's been released. The version additionally contains an creation via Joseph Harris, genealogical tables, pronunciation publications, reviews and prefaces, in addition to a chronology and steered additional reading.

After a different occupation as an actor, instructor, and BBC television nationwide newsreader, John Edmunds turned the founder-director of Aberystwyth University's division of Theatre, movie and tv reports. Joseph Harris is Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, collage of London and writer of Hidden Agendas: Cross-Dressing in Seventeenth-Century France (2005).

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Racine's plays...create in functionality a terrifying and inescapable pace - they're grippingly interesting -- Alan Hollinghurst

About the Author

Pierre Corneille (1606–1684), usually hailed because the father of French tragedy, made his identify with the tragicomedy Le Cid in 1637. His best-known works comprise Horace and Cinna.

Molière is the pen identify of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622–1673), one of many maximum French comedians. His a number of performs comprise Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, and L’Avare.

Jean Racine (1639–1699) turned often called one of many 17th century’s prime playwrights with the neoclassical tragedies Andromaque, Britannicus, and Phèdre.

John Edmunds is the founder-director of the dep. of theater, movie, and tv experiences on the college of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Joseph Harris is a senior lecturer at Royal Holloway, collage of London.

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