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Jean Racine

Dramatist and Playwright Jean Racine

Profession: Dramatist and Playwright

Nationality:
France
French

Why Famous: Produced the neoclassical plays, "Phèdre", "Andromaque" and "Athalie", the comedy, "Les Plaideurs" and the muted tragedy, "Esther".

Born: December 22, 1639
Birthplace: La Ferté-Milon, Picardy, Kingdom of France
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: April 21, 1699 (aged 59)
Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Historical Events

  • 1665-12-04 Jean Racine's "Alexandre le Grand" premieres in Paris
  • 1667-11-07 Jean Racine's "Andromaque" premieres in Paris
  • 1668-12-13 Jean Racine's "Britannicus" premieres in Paris
  • 1672-01-01 Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris
  • 1673-01-13 Jean Racine's "Mithridate" premieres in Paris
  • 1674-08-18 Jean Racine's "Iphigénie" premieres in Versailles
  • 1689-01-26 Jean Racine's "Esther" premieres in Saint-Cyr

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