ISBN-10: 0882950266

ISBN-13: 9780882950266

Edition: 1955

Authors: Pierre Corneille, John C. Lapp, John C. Lapp

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Edited and Translated by John C Lapp, this edition of Le Cid for performance and study includes an introduction, which interprets the contemporary political, social, and romantic themes that give this tragedy its complex, interwoven structure. Also included are a selected bibliography and a list of the principal dates in the life of Corneille.
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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 1955
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/1955
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 72
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

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.

1606: Birth of Pierre Croneille, in Rouen, June
1622: Finishes studies at the Jesuit college of Rouen
1624: Receives law degree
1625-29: His first play, M�lite, a comedy, staged in Paris
1632: Clitandre, tragicomedy
1633-34: Three comedies, La Veuve, La Galerie du Palais, and La Suivante. M�d�e, a tradegy
1636: L’Illusion comique, comedy, and Le Cid, tragicomedy, based on the play by Guillen de Castro, Las Mocedades del Cid. Richelieu grants him an annual pension of 1,500 livres
1637-38: “Quarrel of the Cid,” various critics and the Academy itself publish criticisms, to which the author replies
1640: Horace and Cinna, tragedies. Marriage to Marie de Lamp�ri�re
1641-43: Polyeucte, tragedy
1642-43: La Mort de Pomp�e, tragedy; le Menteur, comedy; la Suite du Menteur, comedy
1644: Rodogune, tragedy
1645: Th�odore, vierge et martyre, tragedy
1647: H�raclius, tragedy
1650: Androm�de, tragedy “with machines” (the use of stage machinery for spectacular effects, as in opera), Don Sanche d’Aragon, heroic comedy
1651: Nocom�de, tragedy
1652: Pertharite tragedy whichfails. Corneille gives up writing drama for seven years
1659: Returns to the theatre with �dipe, tragedy
1661: La Toison d’Or, tragedy with machines
1662: Sertorius, tragedy
1663: Sophonisbe, tragedy
1664: Othon, tragedy
1666: Ag�silas, tragedy
1667: Attila, tragedy
1670: Tite et B�r�nice, heroic comedy
1671: Psych�, tragic ballet, in collaboration with Moli�re, Quinault, and Lully
1672: Pulch�rie, heroic comedy
1684: Death of Corneille on October 1<sup>st</sup>
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