Collationnee Sur Les Textes Originaux
Leatherbound volume with gilt title to the spine, marble paper covered boards, and marble paper pastedowns.
All text is in French as it is deemed impossible to translate into English.
Jean Racine (22 December 1639 – 21 April 1699), 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 was primarily a tragedian, producing such ‘examples of neoclassical perfection’ as Phèdre, Andromaque, and Athalie, although he did write one comedy, Les Plaideurs, and a muted tragedy, Esther, for the young.
Racine’s plays displayed his mastery of the dodecasyllabic alexandrine; his verse is renowned for elegance, purity, speed, and fury, and for what Robert Lowell described as a ‘diamond-edge’, and the ‘glory of its hard, electric rage’. Racine’s works are widely considered to be untranslatable, although many eminent poets have attempted to do so, including Lowell, Ted Hughes, and Derek Mahon into English, and Schiller into German. The latest to attempt to translate Racine’s plays into English, and the first to render the plays in rhymed “heroic” couplets, earned a 2011 American Book Award for the poet Geoffrey Argent. Racine’s dramaturgy is marked by his psychological insight, the prevailing passion of his characters, and the nakedness of both the plot and stage.
The binding is tight and firm with both covers and all pages attached on both books. There are some scratches to the leather binding. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark and isolated spot. Overall the volume is in Very Good condition.
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