Corneille and Racine in England; a study of the English translations of the two Corneilles and…

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byDorothy Canfield Fisher

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... XVIII. SUMMARY This brief and almost forgotten chapter in dramatic history may be adequately summarized as follows: A prefatory movement and three important periods may be distinguished. A few scattering translations were the precursors of the first period. This began definitely with the restoration of Charles II. to the throne, and continued throughout his reign. It was a serious, earnest and dignified effort to transplant the masterpieces of French dramatic literature to England, and to make them of native growth. Then follows an interregnum, from the death of Charles until the accession of Queen Anne. During her reign, and the ten years following her death, numbers of translations appeared. This is the most prolific epoch of the whole movement. Encouraged by the success of Ambrose Philips's Distrest Mother, and by the famous discussion over Addison's Cato, many of the lesser lights of the literary world, more especially of the theatrical world, devoted themselves to bringing Racine and Corneille to the English stage. After this period of activity, interest in these two authors gradually died down; and from 1730 to 1750 there is another blank, when no more new translations are attempted. Again another success (William Whitehead's Roman Father) started anew the fashion for translated tragedy, and again this gradually disappeared. This closes the significant part of the whole movement. From the end of the eighteenth century the translations were purely scholarly attempts, and as such have no more real meaning for the dramatic world than have similar efforts of our own day. The result of this investigation clearly illustrates the futility of attempts to establish, permanently, artificial standards of beauty. Any taste which is not a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... XVIII. SUMMARY This brief and almost forgotten chapter in dramatic history may be adequately summarized as fol...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217701833

ISBN - 13:9780217701839

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