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Racine, Jean
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(Dec 21, 1639, La Ferté-Milon near Soissons – Apr 21, 1699, Paris), playwright and Louis XIV’s historiographer, the most important representative of French classical tragedy (II). After his parents’ early death, Racine was received into the abbey of Port-Royal, where he was brought up in the spirit of Jansenism. This early religious influence was, however, less important for his literary work than the broad Humanist education that he received at Port-Royal. Unlike his competitor and rival P. Corneille, who was educate…

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Sick, Franziska, “Racine, Jean”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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