Jean Chapelain

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Chapelain, Jean


Born Dec. 4, 1595, in Paris; died there Feb. 22,1674. French writer and literary theorist.

Chapelain was a founding member of the Académie Française. In his Letter on the Twenty-four Hour Rule (1630) and his two treatises on representative poetry (1635), he anticipated N. Boileau’s work on the literary theory of classicism. He wrote odes, sonnets, madrigals, and works of historiography and literary history. Chapelain’s epic poem The Maid (cantos 1–12, published 1656; cantos 13–24, published 1882) was burlesqued by Voltaire.


Opuscules critiques. Paris, 1936.


Istoriia frantsuzskoi literatury, vol. 1. Moscow, 1946. Pages 377–78, 380.
Bray, R. La Formation de la doctrine classique de France. Paris, 1927.
Hunter, A. C. Lexique de lalangue de J. Chapelain. Geneva, 1967.
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Money was bestowed only after consultation between Colbert and experts such as Jean Chapelain and Charles LeBrun.
12) Jean Chapelain, "Lettres de Chapelain a Colbert" in Pierre Clement (ed.
21) Christian Jouhaud, "Sur le statut d'homme de lettres au XVIIieme siecle: La correspondance de Jean Chapelain (1595-1674)," Annales HSS mars-avril (1994), pp.
33) Jean Chapelain to Pierre-Daniel Huet, 23 mai 1662 as cited in Leon-G.
55) Jean Chapelain to Pierre-Daniel Huet, 25 August 1661 as quoted in Leon-G.