Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliah
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Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliah by Jean Racine
Book DescriptionStrongly influenced by Classical drama, Jean Racine (1639-99) broke away from the grandiose theatricality of baroque drama to create works of intense psychological realism, with characters manipulated by cruel and vengeful gods. Iphigenia depicts a princess's absolute submission to her father's will, despite his determination to sacrifice her to gain divine favour before going to war. Described by Voltaire as 'the masterpiece of the human mind', Phaedra shows a woman's struggle to overcome her overwhelming passion for her stepson - an obsession that brings destruction to a noble family. And Athaliah portrays a ruthless pagan queen, who defies Jehovah in her desperate attempt to keep the throne of Jerusalem from its legitimate heir.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140441222
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Sep-1975
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Racine: Three Plays, Paperback (June 2007)» View all books by Jean Racine
Contains three masterpieces by a French dramatists of the 17th century. This work includes: "Berenice", a tale of love and happiness in conflict with public duty; "Phedre", concerns a princess with an overwhelming infatuation with her stepson; and, "Britannicus", lays bare the relationships at the heart of power as a world slips into moral chaos.
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Author Biography - Jean Racine
Jean Racine was born in 1639 at La Ferte Milon, sixty miles east of Paris. In 1677, when he had ten plays to his credit and was high in favor with both the court and the public, he abandoned the theatre, which was regarded as far from respectable by the Church, and joined the Establishment as Royal Historiographer. It was only after a silence of twelve years that he wrote his last two plays (both on religious subjects), Esther and Athaliah. He died in 1699. John Cairncross also translated The Cid; Cinna; The Theatrical Illusion (0140443126) for Penguin Classics.
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