Jean Racine

(1639—1699) French dramatist

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French tragic dramatist whose major works include Andromaque (1667), PhIdre (1677), Britannicus (1669), Bajazet (1672), and Athalie (1691). The plays have been extensively translated into English since the 1670s, but the peculiar clarity and intensity of Racine's verse have defeated most efforts at adaptation.

Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

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