Jean Desmarets, later Sieur de Saint-Sorlin, last jester of the royal Court of France and first Chancellor of the Académie-Française, is arguably one of the most versatile, and certainly one of the most prolific, French writers of the 17th century. He died the last surviving founder-member of the Académie-Française, having published in all the major literary genres: novels, lyric and heroic poetry, drama, letters, dialogues, essays, and treatises. The formats, reprints, and translations of his publications witness a writer far more successful with the contemporary reading public than might be judged from the literary history of the ‘century of Louis XIV’. Indeed, he was one of the most successful writers of his time. Dedications are a feature of his publications to which little attention has been given. Such impressive dedications do not, of course, guarantee literary quality. They do imply unusual status, the background of which this book seeks to explain.
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