At one point, Corneille took several shots at criticizing author Jean Mairet's family and lineage. In their final conclusions, the Academy ruled that even though Corneille had attempted to remain loyal to the unity of time, "Le Cid" broke too many of the unities to be a valued piece of work. The controversy, coupled with the Academy's ruling proved too much for Corneille, who decided to return to Rouen. When one of his plays was reviewed unfavorably, Corneille was known to withdraw from public life.
He remained publicly silent for some time; privately, however, he was said to be "troubled and obsessed by the issues, making numerous revisions to the play. After a hiatus from the theater, Corneille returned in The Querelle du Cid caused Corneille to pay closer attention to classical dramatic rules. This was evident in his next plays, which were classical tragedies , Horace , dedicated to Richelieu , Cinna , and Polyeucte The , , and editions were no longer subtitled " tragicomedy ", but "tragedy".
They had seven children together. He also wrote one comedy in this period, Le Menteur The Liar , In , the play Pertharite met with poor critical reviews and a disheartened Corneille decided to quit the theatre.
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After an absence of nearly eight years, Corneille was persuaded to return to the stage in He simultaneously maintained the importance of classical dramatic rules and justified his own transgressions of those rules in Le Cid. Corneille argued the Aristotelian dramatic guidelines were not meant to be subject to a strict literal reading. Instead, he suggested that they were open to interpretation.
Although the relevance of classical rules was maintained, Corneille suggested that the rules should not be so tyrannical that they stifle innovation. Even though Corneille was prolific after his return to the stage, writing one play a year for the 14 years after , his later plays did not have the same success as those of his earlier career. Other writers were beginning to gain popularity. In Corneille and Jean Racine , one of his dramatic rivals, were challenged to write plays on the same incident.
Each playwright was unaware that the challenge had also been issued to the other. Most of the plays that Corneille wrote after his return to the stage were tragedies. After this, he retired from the stage for the final time and died at his home in Paris in This is reflected in the first edition of the Commentaires , published in , which focused on Corneille's better works and had relatively muted criticisms.
By the second edition, published ten years later, Voltaire had come to a more negative assessment of Corneille and a stronger view on the need for objective criticism. He added five hundred critical notes, covering more works and taking a more negative tone. Voltaire's intervention polarised the debate further and some critics saw his criticisms as pedantic and driven by envy.
Napoleon expressed a preference for Corneille over Voltaire, reviving the former's reputation as a dramatist while diminishing the latter's.
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It's distracting at best, confusing at time. I am lucky that French is my mother language, I cannot imagine how disorienting it must be to persons for whom French might not be inborn. I think it is time for someone to invent a "crowd driven" spell checker. If one mistake is reported many time, then someone or some computer can decide to correct the mistake. The versification is Corneille's at his best, the story is eternal and reads as well as would a modern novel. I won't spoil it here in case you have not read it but unlike most of Corneille's opus this is not just a drama and the French remains surprisingly modern and readable, unlike most of late XVII Century theatre.
A must read for any French-speaking or French-learning person. This play doesn't need a review. It's one of the greatest plays in history, and the translation from original French is probably among the best; however I'm told that there is no comparison to the experience of reading the original French.
I know this is a wonderful story but this translation makes no sense whatsover.
I studied French in school but am in no way a speaker or even passable reader. But I love to read classic drama. Also downloaded the companion English translation http: It's free, it's formatted just fine, and this is a classic. For all that together, 5 stars. A must read if you want to get to know French lit. I remember suffering through it as a middle school student - it is definitely an easier read as an adult.
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