THANKS FOR A great July-August issue, whose quality almost made up for the fact that I had to stretch it out for two months! An especially delectable summer treat was “Tragedy 303,” Florence King’s hilarious dissection of Racine’s Phedre. I have vivid memories of writing a college term paper on the subject and trying to find something positive to say about those ponderous 17th-century dramas where all the characters talk each other to death. By the time I’d finished “Survey of French Literature,” I agreed with my mother that all the good French poets lived in the Middle Ages!
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