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The Cid / Cinna / The Theatrical Illusion

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This volume compiles three of Corneille's most lauded plays:The Cid, Corneille's masterpiece set in medieval Spain, was the first great work of French classical drama; Cinna, written three years later in 1641, is a tense political drama; andThe Theatrical Illusion, an earlier work, is reminiscent of Shakespeare's exuberant comedies.

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Paperback, Penguin Classics, 288 pages
Published January 30th 1976 by Penguin Classics (first published 1975)
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This guy's a lot more fun than Racine
Paul Miller
One of the most fun great books I’ve read yet. A crackling good yarn. Lots of tension and excitement. Memorable characters. Would make a great movie. Don’t have much profound to say about it. It is a tragedy based on opposing imperatives from honor and romance. Since honor has evaporated as a social norm, The Cid can’t quite translate.
Feb 04, 2010 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Love the monologue from Act 3 Scene 5 of The Cid, which is otherwise a bit too straightforward. But of course this gets five stars for The Illusion.
Since I only read The Theatrical Illusion from this publication, my four-star rating counts for that one only.
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Pierre Corneille était l'un des trois grands dramaturges français du XVIIe siècle , avec Molière et Racine. Il a été appelé «le fondateur de la tragédie française» et était productive pendant près de quarante ans.

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