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Belles Lettres

 

in a broad sense, artistic literature in general; in a narrower and more widely used sense, artistic prose as distinguished from poetry and drama.

Sometimes, literature that is incomplete artistically and in ideas is included in belles lettres. The concept of belletriza-tion is widely used to designate the attempt by many authors of scholarly and scholarly artistic books to combine documentary material with elements of artistic narrative in the interests of entertainment.

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Finally, Poe and Twain in their essays on Cooper as a writer and novelist apply the critical standards of "Perspicuity"--the essential feature of a good and clear writing style advanced by Hugh Blair in his Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres published in 1783.
Shields, "'The Wits and Poets of Pennsylvania': New Light on the Rise of Belles Lettres in Provincial Pennsylvania, 1720-1740," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 109 (1985): 100.
The author offers a narrative reconstruction of how the Association for Jewish Colonization in Soviet Russia (ICOR), founded in 1924 and composed primarily of first and second generation Yiddish-speaking Jews of East European origin, and the American Committee for the Settlement of Jews in Birobidjan (Ambijan), "founded in 1934 as a popular front group catering to native-born, English-speaking, middle-class Jews," described and understood their own activities, as seen through their own written accounts and perspectives found in their newspapers' news stories, editorials, belles lettres, poems, organizational notices, advertisements, brief notices, and other materials.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, les belles lettres were fading as the keys to ethics and learning, worrying Casaubon and Gibbon; increasingly, religion, morality, and philosophy were judged by scientific criteria, a transformation that Gaukroger deems a fait accompli by the late nineteenth century.
Paris: Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres.
In an interview with Angels Carabi for Belles Lettres, Toni Morrison discusses this process in great detail: "The thing is, I could not think of the voice of a person.
In 1987, Charles Simmons published The Belles Lettres Papers, a roman a clef about his years as an editor at The New York Times Book Review.
Amongst the smart set, and in the belles lettres that moulded their minds and reflected their self-image, morality itself acquired an aesthetic slant, becoming more subjective, a matter of refined taste.
Paris: Societe d'Edition "Les Belles Lettres," 1983.
Chapter 6, dealing with Smith's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, emphasizes the human story-telling and imagination-soothing roles of science, especially the ways in which both represent the invisible chains which connect disjointed objects and introduce a sense of order into apparent chaos.
In British universities the rhetorical teachings of George Campbell, John Ward and Hugh Blair predominated, and Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (1783) was by far and away the most popular and most influential of all the books on how to construct arguments in both spoken and written form.
Selon le president du comite d'organisation des nuits arabes de la poesie, Bouzid Harzallah, une soiree reservee aux belles lettres arabes sera organisee le dernier jeudi de chaque mois, tout au long de l'annee culturelle de l'antique Cirta.