Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Jean

Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Jean

(zhäN dāmärā` də săN-sôrlăN`), 1595–1676, French poet and dramatist. A protégé of Richelieu, he was a founding member of the French Academy. In 1670 he precipitated a controversy over the literary merits of the ancients that foreshadowed the polemics of PerraultPerrault, Charles
, 1628–1703, French poet. His collections of eight fairy tales, Histoires ou contes du temps passé [stories or tales of olden times] (1697) gave classic form to the traditional stories of Bluebeard, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Puss in
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 and Boileau-DespréauxBoileau-Despréaux, Nicolas
, 1636–1711, French literary critic and poet. He was the spokesman of classicism, drawing his principles from his contemporaries, among them his friends Racine, Molière, and La Fontaine.
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; Boileau attacked him in L'Art poétique.
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