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Britannicus, Phaedra, Athaliah : World's Classics - Jean Racine

Britannicus, Phaedra, Athaliah

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 26th March 2009
ISBN: 9780199555994
Number Of Pages: 240

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Jean Racine (1639-99) remains to this day the greatest of French poetic dramatists. Britannicus (1669), the first play in this volume, takes its themes from Roman history: the setting is bloody and treacherous court of the Emperor Nero. Phaedra (1677) dramatizes the Greek myth of Phaedra's doomed love for her stepson Hippolytus. Athaliah (1691), Racine's last and perhaps finest play, draws on the Old Testament story of Athaliah, Queen of Judah and worshipper of Baal, who is threatened and finally forced to concede victory to Joash, a son of the house of David and survivor of Athaliah's massacres.
Racine's tragedies portray characters wrestling with ambition, treachery, religion, and love. In this translation, specially commissioned for The World's Classics series, C.H. Sisson has captured admirably the lucidity of Racine's language, both analytic and passionate, and the rhythm of his four-part Alexandrine, a combination that previous translators have consistently failed to achieve.

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`Sisson's translation of the dramas is admirable. It is an accurate and sensitive rendition of the French text. The simple and flowing English creates a version which reads well and should succeed in performance too.' Akroterion

Britannicus Phaedra Athaliah

ISBN: 9780199555994
ISBN-10: 0199555990
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26th March 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18

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