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Phaedra, RB Boswell, Tr.
Jean Baptiste Racine

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Etext prepared by Dagny, dagnyj@hotmail.com
and John Bickers, jbickers@templar.actrix.gen.nz 

Phaedra 

by Jean Baptiste Racine 

Translated by Robert Bruce Boswell 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE 

JEAN BAPTISTE RACINE, the younger contemporary of Corneille, and his
rival for supremacy in French classical tragedy, was born at Ferte-
Milon, December 21, 1639.  He was educated at the College of Beauvais,
at the great Jansenist school at Port Royal, and at the College
d'Harcourt.  He attracted notice by an ode written for the marriage of
Louis XIV in 1660, and made his first really great dramatic success
with his "Andromaque." His tragic masterpieces include "Britannicus,"

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