"his annual lecture on Racine"

Jean Racine by Jean-Baptiste Santerre
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 Jean Racine (1639-1699) was a hugely influential seventeenth century French playwright, known for tragedies such as Phèdre and Andromaque. He wrote in the dodecasyllabic alexandrine, which makes his plays notoriously difficult to translate. Alongside Molière and Corneille he is known as one of the 'Big Three' French dramatists.