Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Jean

Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Jean

▪ French author
born 1595, Paris, France
died Oct. 28, 1676, Paris

      French prose writer, poet, dramatist, Christian polemicist, and political figure. One of the original members and the first chancellor of the French Academy, Desmarets opened the long literary battle, since called the querelle des anciens et des modernes (see Ancients and Moderns), by arguing that the true models for modern French literature were Romance legends and the Bible rather than classical Greek and Roman writers.

      Desmarets had written a number of literary works before the publication of his popular romance Ariane (1632) finally gained for him entrance to Parisian literary circles; flattery soon won him the favour of Cardinal de Richelieu, under whose patronage he was given a succession of important government posts and wrote a number of tragedies and tragicomedies, the best of which was Les Visionnaires (1637).

      He became a fervent Christian propagandist, directing his intolerance particularly against the Jansenists; his opposition to the ancients was also based on the conviction that literature should reflect Christian conviction. Several works reflected this point of view, among them two works that initiated the debate regarding the ancients and the moderns, La Comparaison de la langue et de la poésie française avec la grecque et la latine (1670) and Défense de la poésie et de la langue française (1675).

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Universalium. 2010.

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