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The Cid, Cinna, the Theatrical Illusion by Pierre Corneille (Author), John Cairncross (Translator, Introduction)

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The Cid, Cinna, the Theatrical Illusion by Pierre Corneille (Author), John Cairncross (Translator, Introduction)
   
  
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'The Cid, Cinna, the Theatrical Illusion'
By Pierre Corneille  (Author), 
John Cairncross (Translator, Introduction)

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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; and The Theatrical Illusion, an earlier work, is reminiscent of Shakespeare's exuberant comedies.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
 
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Pierre Corneille (Rouen, 6 June 1606 – Paris, 1 October 1684) was a French tragedian. He is generally considered one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Jean Racine. As a young man, he earned the valuable patronage of Cardinal Richelieu, who was trying to promote classical tragedy along formal lines, but later quarrelled with him, especially over his best-known play; Le Cid, about a medieval Spanish warrior, which was denounced by the newly formed Académie française for breaching the unities. He continued to write well-received tragedies for nearly forty years.
 
Note: 'Great Books of the Western World' recommends all Corneille's Tragedies (esp. The Cid, Cinna) 
 
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