Le Roman Comique

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Author: Paul Scarron
Published: 1857
Language: French
Wordcount: 231,474 / 734 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,231
Added to site: 2009.01.12
mnybks.net#: 23108
Genre: Criticism
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me dont les oeuvres doivent nous fournir, sinon les pages les plus remarquables, du moins les plus nombreuses, et peut-être les plus originales, après celles de Cyrano, qui n'a été donné à personne de surpasser en ce point. Je veux parler de Charles Sorel. La vraye histoire comique de Francion, qu'il publia en 1622, l'année même où paroissoient le deuxième volume de l'Astrée et la Cythérée de Gomberville, est un essai tenté par un homme d'esprit, dans le but, ainsi qu'il le dit lui-même, de ressusciter le roman rabelaisien,--l'idéal du genre à ses yeux,--et de l'opposer aux compositions tristement langoureuses qui commençoient à envahir la littérature.

Francion est un roman de moeurs, mais c'est aussi un roman d'intrigue, influencé par la littérature espagnole, vers la fin surtout. Sorel, qui connoissoit le goût du siècle, savoit que l'obser

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