Pierre Corneille: Suréna (2806 words)

Christopher Semk (Yale University)
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Pierre Corneille’s last play, Suréna, général des Parthes, was performed at the Hôtel de Bourgogne during the 1674-75 season and published in January 1675. The tragedy was not especially successful and Corneille soon turned his attention towards preparing an edition of his collected theatre, which he published in 1682. Although Corneille’s later tragedies are rarely read or studied today, Suréna is an exception and many modern critics consider it one of his finest plays. George Steiner has even suggested that it may be Corneille’s masterpiece: not quite a great play according to neoclassical standards, but exceptionally ahead of its time in its muted, lyrical …

Citation: Semk, Christopher. "Suréna". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 December 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35709, accessed 06 April 2020.]

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