He gave pensions to Corneille, Racine, Molière, and other men of genius.
Corneille gives his answer to such a challenge in the tragedy of Polyeucte .
It was an historic period, in which, in the words of Corneille, "Un grand destin commence un grand destin s'achève."
Napoleon said of Corneille, "Were he living I would make him a king;" but he did not read him.
Sertorius, whose story is told by Plutarch, affords another picturesque subject for Corneille in one of his most famous tragedies.
The two great names in French tragedy are Corneille and Racine.
The groves of Versailles were a beauty unique in the world, as were then certain passages of Corneille.
Corneille did not, however, like Molière, tread the boards as an actor.
In Hugo, Corneille's apparent antagonist, Corneille lives again.
Corneille does not belong to the class of the "faultily faultless" writers.