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Racine, Jean (<i>died</i> 1699), dramatist

Alison Stonehouse

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(b nr Soissons, bap. 22 Dec 1639; d Paris, 21 April 1699). French dramatist. He was given a thorough classical education by Jansenist priests, and the contrast between their austere philosophy and the more libertine world of the stage was to affect him throughout his life. A natural ability to write poetry provided Racine's entrée into theatrical circles, where he became friendly with other writers, including Molière, La Fontaine

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Subjects: Music

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