Four French Plays

Four French Plays

Cinna, The Misanthrope, Andromache, Phaedra

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Translated by: John Edmunds
Notes by: John Edmunds

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141392080
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Four of the greatest French plays, in new translations

Here are four plays that continue to define French theater over three centuries after they were written. Corneille’s Cinna (1641) explores absolute power in ancient Rome. Molière’s comedy The Misanthrope (1666) sees its antihero reject society for its hypocrisy. Racine’s Andromache (1667) recounts the tragedy of Hector’s widow after the Trojan War, and his Phaedra (1677) shows a mother crossing the boundaries of love with her stepson. This edition features new verse translations undertaken with performance in mind, and a wealth of supplementary materials for students and actors.

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Four French Plays

Four French Plays

Written by: Jean Racine, Written by: Pierre Corneille, Written by: Jean-Baptiste Moliere, Translated by: John Edmunds, Notes by: John Edmunds