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Pierre Du Ryer

Pierre du Ryer (1606 - November 6, 1658) was a French dramatist.

He was born in Paris. His earlier comedies are in the loose style of Alexandre Hardy, but after the production of Le Cid (1636) he copied the manner of Pierre Corneille, and produced his masterpiece, Scévole, probably in 1644 (the date generally given is 1646). An earlier work, Alcionée (1638), was so popular that the abbé d'Aubignac knew it by heart, and Queen Christina of Sweden is said to have had it read to her three times in one day.

Du Ryer was a prolific dramatist. Among his other works may be mentioned Saul (printed 1642), and a comedy, Les Vendanges de Suresnes (1635 or 1636).