Les Marguerites

Jean Benech de Cantenac

Les Marguerites
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Jean Benech de Cantenac

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

51 pages | 2 illustrations | 8 x 5-7/10
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9780859896429 Published August 1999 For sale in North and South America only
Poet, novelist, sometime member of Mademoiselle de Montpensier’s circle and correspondent of the Mercure Galant, Cantenac (Bordeaux 1630?-1714) was notorious in his own time but has only recently become the subject of serious study.  This is the first critical edition of Les Marguerites, poèmes héroïque, a volume originally published in Bordeaux in 1676.  Written in alexandrines, divided into five cantos (chants), Les Marguerities offers a fascinating example of playful contemporary poetic taste where epic heroism is transformed into gallantry.
This is a volume in the Textes littéraires/Exeter French Texts.  The text, introduction and essential notes are all in French.
Modern Language Review

“The work will certainly interest dix-septiémistes, not least for its sophisticated views on the relationship between art and nature and on the representation of perspective.” –Modern Language Review, 97.2, 2002

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