Jean Racine

1639 - 1699

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Jean-Baptiste Racine ( rass-EEN, US also rə-SEEN) (French: [ʒɑ̃ batist ʁasin]; 22 December 1639 – 21 April 1699) was a French dramatist, one of the three great playwrights of 17th-century France, along with Molière and Corneille as well as an important literary figure in the Western tradition and world literature. Racine was primarily a tragedian, producing such "examples of neoclassical perfection" as Phèdre, Andromaque, and Athalie. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Racine has received more than 654,786 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Jean Racine is the 157th most popular writer (up from 171st in 2019), the 196th most popular biography from France (down from 195th in 2019) and the 34th most popular Writer.

Jean Racine is most famous for his dramatic tragedies, "Andromaque," "Phèdre," and "Berenice."

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Among writers, Jean Racine ranks 157 out of 5,755Before him are Heinrich Böll, Joseph Conrad, André Breton, Dr. Seuss, William Faulkner, and Pliny the Younger. After him are Hafez, Fernando Pessoa, Menander, Novalis, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, and Lucian.

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Among people born in 1639, Jean Racine ranks 1After him are Ivan Mazepa, Dom Pérignon, Marie Mancini, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Catherine Charlotte de Gramont, Éléonore Desmier d'Olbreuse, Laura Martinozzi, Gottfried Kirch, and Metacomet. Among people deceased in 1699, Jean Racine ranks 1After him are Christian V of Denmark, Henry Every, Joseph Ferdinand of Bavaria, Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Mattia Preti, Hortense Mancini, Lucrezia Barberini, Albert V, Duke of Saxe-Coburg, Patrick Gordon, François Le Fort, and Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Racine ranks 196 out of 6,011Before him are Alfred Dreyfus (1859), Guy of Lusignan (1150), Roland Barthes (1915), André Breton (1896), Gustave Le Bon (1841), and Vilfredo Pareto (1848). After him are Georges Pompidou (1911), Jacques de Molay (1243), Pope Clement VI (1291), Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113), François Truffaut (1932), and Henri de Saint-Simon (1760).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jean Racine ranks 34Before him are Paul Verlaine (1844), Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), Jean Cocteau (1889), Guy de Maupassant (1850), Charles Baudelaire (1821), and André Breton (1896). After him are Petronius (27), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Colette (1873), Pierre Corneille (1606), and Maurice Leblanc (1864).