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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 patronage 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 461,881 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Pierre Corneille is the 211th most popular writer (up from 220th in 2019), the 250th most popular biography from France (up from 254th in 2019) and the 39th 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 211 out of 5,755Before him are Friedrich Hölderlin, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Colette, Wisława Szymborska, and Ferdowsi. After him are Pearl S. Buck, Adam Mickiewicz, Arthur C. Clarke, Anna Komnene, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Nizami Ganjavi.

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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, Christoph Bernhard von Galen, and Lorenzo Lippi. Among people deceased in 1684, Pierre Corneille ranks 1After him are Pieter de Hooch, Edme Mariotte, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Nicola Amati, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Josefa de Óbidos, Anne Gonzaga, Karl Eusebius, Prince of Liechtenstein, Antoine Gombaud, Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony, and Johann Rosenmüller.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Corneille ranks 250 out of 6,011Before him are Oscar I of Sweden (1799), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Colette (1873), Serge Gainsbourg (1928), Philip the Good (1396), and Charles Gounod (1818). After him are Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan (1611), Charles I of Anjou (1226), Vincent de Paul (1581), Charles the Simple (879), Joseph Fouché (1759), and Georges Cuvier (1769).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Pierre Corneille ranks 39Before him are André Breton (1896), Jean Racine (1639), Petronius (27), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), and Colette (1873). After him are Maurice Leblanc (1864), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Germaine de Staël (1766), Frédéric Mistral (1830), and Chrétien de Troyes (1135).