Portraits litteraires, Tome I

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Published: 1862
Language: French
Wordcount: 181,489 / 608 pg
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 682
Added to site: 2004.11.15
mnybks.net#: 9241
Genre: Biography
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cher de Bretouville qu'il avait aimée et qui se faisait religieuse. A part cet attachement, qu'on a même révoqué en doute, il ne semble pas que la jeunesse de Despréaux ait été fort passionnée, et lui-même convient qu'il est très-peu voluptueux. Ce petit nombre de faits connus sur les vingt-quatre premières années de sa vie nous mènent jusqu'en 1660, époque où il débute dans le monde littéraire par la publication de ses premières satires.

Les circonstances extérieures étant données, l'état politique et social étant connu, on conçoit quelle dut être sur une nature comme celle de Boileau l'influence de cette première éducation, de ces habitudes domestiques et de tout cet intérieur. Rien de tendre, rien de maternel autour de cette enfance infirme et stérile; rien pour elle de bien inspirant ni de bie

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