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Jean Racine

(1639—1699) French dramatist

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Abel Boyer

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(1667–1729) English historian

The Royal Dictionary (1699) Non-FictionAchilles; or, Iphigenia in Aulis (1700) DramaThe History of the Reign of Queen Anne (1703) Non-Fiction

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Académie Française

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A French literary academy with a constant membership of forty, responsible for the standard form of the French language and for compiling and revising a definitive dictionary of the French...

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Adelaide Ristori

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(1822–1906), actress.

The great Italian tragedienne was usually perceived as the successor to Rachel on international stages. She began the first of several American tours in 1866...

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Adonis

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(1930– )

Pen‐name of Ali Ahmad Said, poet and scholar, born in Syria, and educated at Damascus University; in 1956 he settled in Lebanon, where in 1968 he founded the influential...

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Aleksandr Sumarokov

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(1717–77)

Russian writer. The first to break with the tradition of church Slavonic, Sumarokov laid the foundations of a European Russian culture founded on French neoclassicism....

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Aleksandr Tairov

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(1885–1950)

Russian/Soviet director. After a period as an actor, Tairov's first important post was at Mardzhanov's Free Theatre in 1913, where he directed his future wife Koonen in...

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Alfred de Musset

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(1810–57)

French poet and dramatist. The youngest and most original of the romantic playwrights, Musset was little performed in his lifetime. After the failure of La Nuit...

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Alisa Koonen

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(b. Moscow, 17 Oct. 1889; d. Moscow, 20 Aug. 1974)

Actress, who, with her husband Alexander Tairov, founded the Kamerny (Chamber) Theatre (1914), where she remained the company's...

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Ambrose Philips

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(1674–1749),

poet, is remembered chiefly for his quarrel with Pope over the relative merits of their pastorals. Pope drew, in the Guardian (No. 40, 1713), ‘a comparison of...

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André Chénier

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(1762–94),

French poet: visits London (Marylebone: Portman Sq. and St James's: Pall Mall). Bucoliques .

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