Jean Racine


Born
in La Ferté-Milon, France
December 22, 1639

Died
April 21, 1699

Genre

Influences


Jean-Baptiste Racine was a French dramatist, one of the "big three" of 17th century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and one of the most important literary figures in the Western tradition. Racine's dramaturgy is marked by his psychological insight, the prevailing passion of his characters, and the nakedness of both plot and stage. Although primarily a tragedian, Racine wrote one comedy.

Racine was born on 22 December 1639 in La Ferté-Milon (Aisne), in the province of Picardy in northern France. Orphaned by the age of four (his mother died in 1641 and his father in 1643), he came into the care of his grandparents. At the death of his grandfather in 1649, his grandmother, Marie des Moulins, went to live in the convent of Port-Royal
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Phèdre

3.71 avg rating — 12,625 ratings — published 1676 — 274 editions
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Andromaque

3.74 avg rating — 5,553 ratings — published 1667 — 164 editions
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Britannicus

3.65 avg rating — 1,929 ratings — published 1669 — 100 editions
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Bérénice

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Iphigénie

3.65 avg rating — 662 ratings — published 1674 — 76 editions
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Athalie

3.68 avg rating — 316 ratings — published 1690 — 98 editions
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Bajazet

3.46 avg rating — 195 ratings — published 1672 — 41 editions
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3.61 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 1677 — 4 editions
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Mithridate

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More books by Jean Racine…
“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.”
Jean Racine

“A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.”
Jean Racine

“I have loved him too much not to hate”
Jean Racine, Andromaque

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