French Literature: A Guide To Jean De La Fontaine

Jean de la Fontaine was a poet in france in the 17th century, an introduction to his life and work.

BIOGRAPHY

Jean de la Fontaine, poet, was born into a bourgeois family in Chateau-Thierry, Champagne in France. His father was a government official. He was educated in Paris where he studied medicine and theology. He worked in several govenment positions, but he devoted himself entirely to writing at 37. He served for six years as a gentleman-in-waiting to the dowager duchess of Orleans.

La Fontaine's first publication, ADONIS, appeared in 1658. His is well known for CONTES ET NOUVELLES EN VERS and LES AMOURS DE PSYCHE ET DE CUPIDON. He was elected to the French Academy in 1683.

Jean de la Fontaine died in Paris in 1695.

CHRONOLOGY

1621 He was born in Chateau-Thierry, France. (July 8)

1647 He married Marie Hericart.

1652 He became an inspector of forests and waterways.

1657 Nicholas Fouquet became his patron.

1658 ADONIS; He and Marie Hericart separated.; He became a full-time writer.



1661 ELEGIE AUX NYMPHES DE VAUX

1663 UN VOYAGE EN LIMOUSIN

1664 CONTES ET NOUVELLES EN VERS (TALES AND NOVELS IN VERSE); He became a gentleman-in-waiting to the dowager duchess of Orleans.

1665 LE SONGE DE VAUX

1668 FABLES CHOISIES MISES EN VERS (LA FONTAINE'S FABLES)

1669 LES AMOURS DE PSICHE AT DE CUPIDON (THE LOVES OF CUPID AND PSYCHE)

1673 LA CAPTIVITE DE SAINT MALC; He became a member of the household of Madame de La Sabliere.

1682 LE QUINQUIINA

1683 He was elected to the French Academy.

1684 DISCOURS EN VERS

1695 He died in Paris. (April 13)

1892 OEUVRES COMPLETES

1992 LA FONTAINE'S BAWDY: OF LIBERTINES, LOUTS, AND LECHERS: TRANSLATIONS FROM THE CONTES ET NOUVELLES EN VERS

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