Six Tragedies – Jean Racine


Six Tragedies – Jean Racine


Title: Six Tragedies
Author: Jean Racine, John Cairncross (trans), Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (illus)
Publisher: The Franklin Library, 1982. A Limited Edition for subscribers, in the 100 Greatest Books of All Time series.
Condition:  Hardcover, full green leather. Very good+ (the only wear is on the edges). 480 pages.

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This book features:

  • Full premium tooled red leather binding
  • Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
  • Marbled endsheets
  • Satin bookmark, sewn-in
  • Hubbed spine with raised bands
  • Smyth-sewn binding for durability
  • Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow

About Racine:

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.

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 dramaturgy is marked by his psychological insight, the prevailing passion of his characters, and the nakedness of both the plot and stage.