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    Albert Bates
Excerpt from book: III. (tornrillf, Scnrnm, ant) tfjetc ContemporartES. The supremacy attained by Corneille in both tragedy and comedy was shown by his contemporaries in opposite ways, most of them yielding to the influence of hia example, while others, with mortified vanity, closed their connection with the theatre. Among the latter were Mairet, Benserade, Scuderi and Calprenede. The first, whose Sophonisbe had done much to aid the classic drama, gave himself up to study, except when employed by the queen on important missions. Benserade, gaining a foothold at the Louvre, devoted himself to the composition of court ballets, in which he adroitly introduced many personages of note. Scuderi's secession was not entirely due to a sense of his littleness in comparison with the poet to whom he had been brought forward as a rival. Educated in the school of Hardi, he chafed against the strict laws of the classicists and the rigor with which they were now upheld. True, he was in no position to despise the earnings of his profession: but he was aided in money matters by the phenomenal success of his sister as a writer of romance. He became governor of a fortress at Marseilles, a poatwhich demanded so little of his time that it was said he travelled to Marseilles with his sister by coach, heard a salute of ten guns fired in his honor, locked up the fort, put the key in his pocket and set forth the same day on his return to Paris. He fought with the utmost bravery in Conde's early campaigns, and identifying his fortunes with those of the general, became embroiled with the government and was exiled from Paris. During the banishment he won the heart and hand of a young heiress, Mdlle. de Martin Vost, and thenceforth lived in Normandy in the style of a grand seigneur. His plays often show considerable talent...  
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