Jean Racine was born in 1639 at La Ferté

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Jean Racine was born in 1639 at La Fert é -Milon, the son of a government official. He was orphaned  by the age of three and spent his childhood with his grandparents; his formative educational years  were spent at the college of Port-Royal. Port-Royal numbered among its teachers some of the best Latin and Greek scholars of France, but it  was also dominated by the Jansenists, Catholics who believed in Bible reading, a personal  relationship with God, and the experience of conversion, but above all they believed that man is  helpless to combat passion through reason and can be saved only by the grace of God. The young  Racine at first resented this religious training, but it left an indelible mark upon his plays. Leaving school, Racine went to Paris and began to write for the theater, becoming intimate with La  Fontaine, Boileau, and Moli è re. His family, alarmed at his dissipations, sent him to live with his uncle, 
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