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Phèdre

drame/play, pub:1860+?

The first five scenes of a verse tragedy.


From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     The first five scenes only of a verse tragedy.
     Dumas, in his "Causerie" on "Les Trois Phèdre," declares that he had for long wished to compare the three tragedies on this subject by Euripides, Seneca and Racine.
     Apparently he went further and decided to write a fourth himself, M. Glinel possessed the autograph MS. of the first five scenes, apparently all of which were written, and of these he quotes some forty-four lines. He thinks highly of it, and concludes that it is a misfortune it was not continued.
     Are we to consider this as, earlier than at first thought probable? In 1848 Dumas used fourteen alexandrines, being the prayer to Diana, in Act III., Scene ii. of "Catilina." M. Glinel quotes only twelve lines of this prayer from "Phèdre," but they are identical with those of "Catilina," except for the first half line.

         References :—
     Glinel: "Théâtre Inconnu,"—"Revue Biblio-Iconographique," Year 1899, pp. 1-2-14.
     Lecomte: "Alexandre Dumas," page 173.

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