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Ma plus douce espérence est de perdre l’espoir

The “father of French tragedy,” Pierre Corneille was born on June 6, 1606 in Rouen. His father was a prominent lawyer and Pierre was supposed to follow in his footsteps. Fortunately for French theatre, Corneille was a disaster as a … Continue reading

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Le mot juste

The Académie Française was founded by Louis XIII on February 22, 1635, on the urging of Cardinal Richelieu. The forty members sit for life and are known as Les Immortels. They are tasked with creating the official French dictionary and … Continue reading

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