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Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Literary Encyclopedia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


Andromaque (1667) is a five-act tragedy by Racine, written in rhyming Alexandrine couplets. It was Racine’s third play after La Thébaïde (1664) and Alexandre le Grand (1665). Andromaque marks both the author’s consecration as a tragic playwright and his split with Molière, who had supported his early career. The first performance took place in November 1667 in the private chambers of Queen Marie-Thérèse and the reception at court was enthusiastic. The first public performance, two days later, by the troupe of the Hôtel de Bourgogne (known as Les Grands Comédiens) made official the split between Racine and Molière’s

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