"his Cornelian French"
Pierre Corneille
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Cornelian is the adjective derived from the surname of the French playwright Pierre Corneille.

Pierre Corneille (1606-1684) ranks with Molière and Racine as one of the great French 17th century playwrights. He wrote more than 30 plays which include both comedies and tragedies. His best-known works include Le Cid (1637), Horace (1640), Polyeucte (1642) and Cinna (1643)*.

*Different sources give different dates for some of these plays.

Click here to read some Cornelian French from the play Polyeucte.