Pierre Corneille

1606 - 1684

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Pierre Corneille (French pronunciation: ​[pjɛʁ kɔʁnɛj]; 6 June 1606 – 1 October 1684) was a French tragedian. He is generally considered one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Racine. As a young man, he earned the valuable patrionate of Cardinal Richelieu, who was trying to promote classical tragedy along formal lines, but later quarrelled with him, especially over his best-known play, Le Cid, about a medieval Spanish warrior, which was denounced by the newly formed Académie française for breaching the unities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Corneille has received more than 375,177 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Pierre Corneille is the 220th most popular writer (up from 236th in 2019), the 254th most popular biography from France (up from 263rd in 2019) and the 42nd most popular French Writer.

Pierre Corneille is most famous for his tragedies, which include "Le Cid" and "Horace."

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Among writers, Pierre Corneille ranks 220 out of 5,794Before him are Bram Stoker, Doris Lessing, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Colette, and Walt Whitman. After him are Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Orhan Pamuk, Johanna Spyri, Halldór Laxness, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and Jacob Grimm.

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Among people born in 1606, Pierre Corneille ranks 2Before him is Rembrandt. After him are Li Zicheng, Christine of France, Maria Anna of Spain, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Zhang Xianzhong, Joachim von Sandrart, Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Nicolas Mignard, Lorenzo Lippi, and Christoph Bernhard von Galen. Among people deceased in 1684, Pierre Corneille ranks 1After him are Pieter de Hooch, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Nicola Amati, Edme Mariotte, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Karl Eusebius, Prince of Liechtenstein, Anne Gonzaga, Antoine Gombaud, Josefa de Óbidos, Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony, and Johann Rosenmüller.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Corneille ranks 254 out of 5,234Before him are Paul Signac (1863), Zinedine Zidane (1972), Georges de La Tour (1593), Philip the Good (1396), Colette (1873), and Charles Gounod (1818). After him are Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), Louis VI of France (1081), Camille Claudel (1864), Albert Uderzo (1927), Ferdinand Foch (1851), and Diane de Poitiers (1499).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Pierre Corneille ranks 42Before him are Jean Racine (1639), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Henri Charrière (1906), François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), and Colette (1873). After him are Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), W. Somerset Maugham (1874), Guillaume de Machaut (1300), Prosper Mérimée (1803), Alphonse Daudet (1840), and Germaine de Staël (1766).