The Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical Illusion by Pierre CorneilleThe Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical Illusion by Pierre Corneille

The Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical Illusion

byPierre CorneilleTranslated byJohn CairncrossIntroduction byJohn Cairncross

Paperback | January 30, 1976

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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.

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Pierre Corneille, the French dramatist, was born in Rouen in 1606. After a Jesuit education he worked as Crown Counsel in Rouen, and for many years kept playwriting as his leisure activity. He wrote tragedies and comedies, and his first success came in 1636 with Le Cid, a tragi-comedy which made Corneille’s reputation as a master of se...
Title:The Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical IllusionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.76 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:January 30, 1976Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140443126

ISBN - 13:9780140443127


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Pierre Corneille’s dynamic, innovative talent dominated 17th century French theatre. Set in medieval Spain, the passionate heroic tragic-comedy The Cid was French classical drama’s first great work, attracted huge audiences, yet elicited such critical disapproval that discouraged young Corneille stopped writing for three years. Then in 1640, he offered a tense political drama, Cinna. This Penguin Classic volume also includes an earlier work, The Theatrical Illusion, a magical, lighthearted play like a Shakespearean comedy in its spectacular scenery, sweeping time changes and sheer liveliness.