Œuvres complètes, Volume 2

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Gallimard, 1984 - French drama - 1654 pages
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Ce Volume contient - 'Le Menteur' - 'La Suite du Menteur' - 'Avertissements des éditions collectives de 1644 et de 1648' - 'Rodogune' - 'Théodore vierge et martyre' - 'Lettre de Pierre Corneille à René II de Voyer d'Argenson' - 'À Monsieur de Boisrobert, abbé de Châtillon' - 'Héraclius empereur d'Orient' - 'Discours de réception à l'Académie française' - 'Les Triomphes de Louis le Juste XIIIe du nom, roi de France et de Navarre' - 'Andromède' - 'Dessein de la tragédie d'Andromède' - 'Don Sanche d'Aragon' - 'À Saint Bernard' - 'Correspondance de Pierre Corneille et de Constantin Huygens, seigneur de Zuylichem' - 'À Mademoiselle de Cosnard de Sées' - 'Nicomède' - 'Pertharite roi des Lombards' - 'L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ' - 'À Monsieur d'Assoucy' - 'À Monsieur de Loy' - 'Poésies choisies' - 'Épitaphe sur la mort de Damoiselle Ranquet' - 'Lettres de Pierre Corneille au R.P. Boulart' - 'À Monsieur de Campion' - 'Lettres de Gilles Boileau à Pierre Corneille'.

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About the author (1984)

Corneille is a part of the greatest period of French drama. His artistic model and theory of the drama were to be followed by successive generations of dramatists, including Racine. His plays deal with noble characters in closely defined situations of high moral intensity. After modest success as a writer of complex, baroque comedies, Corneille achieved fame with Le Cid (1636--37), adapted from Guillen de Castro's three-day comedy Las Moceddes del Cid. It vividly represents the dominant theme of his tragedies: the inner struggle between duty and passion. Corneille went on to dominate the French theater of his day with plays that reflect the changing relationships between the aristocracy and the new absolutist state. Some of Corneille's other major tragedies include Horace (1640), Cinna (1640), and Polyeuctus (1643). In his shaping of language and form to his dramatic purposes, Corneille had a great effect on the development of French literature; more specifically, it can be said that he gave form and aim to French neoclassicism.

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