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Pierre Corneille

Author Code: FPCX

Born: Jun. 6, 1606 - Rouen, Normandy, France

Died: Oct. 1, 1684 - Paris, France

Educated by the Jesuits, Corneille then studied law and entered the Rouen parliament in 1629. That year also saw the production of his first play, Melite, a comedy. When it was presented in Paris in 1630 it was an instant success and made Corneille's name. Nevertheless, he continued to act as a king's counselor in the local offices of the department of waterways and forests until 1650. During this period he wrote 20 plays. In 1637, he produced a masterpiece, Le Cid, which is still considered one of his best works. In 1640, he produced Horace, which was another resounding success. By this time, Corneille was being regarded as the father of French drama. His greatest critical success came in 1643 with Polyeucte. In 1647, he moved to Paris and was made a member of the Academie Francaise. Cardinal Richelieu, who had granted Corneille a pension in 1640, subsequently withdrew it causing Corneille financial difficulties in his later years. In 1671, he collaborated with Moliere on the production of Psyche. His other works include Citander (1631), La Galerie du Palais (1632), Medee (1635), Cinna (1641), Le Menteur (1643), Andromede (1650), Oedipe (1659), Sertorius (1662), Attila (1667), Tite et Berenice (1670) and Surena (1674).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
FPCX001 The Cid [Play] 1637 53 271k eBook Download PDF - 'The Cid [Play]' (FPCX001) Find a printed copy of The Cid [Play] by Pierre Corneille at AbeBooks
FPCX002 Polyeucte [Play] 1642 56 220k eBook Download PDF - 'Polyeucte [Play]' (FPCX002) Find a printed copy of Polyeucte [Play] by Pierre Corneille at AbeBooks

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