The Poet And The King, Described By The New York Review Of Books As The Finest And Most Perceptive Of All The Innumerable Accounts Of La Fontaine, Is Being Offered For The First Time In An English Translation La Fontaine, Whose Works Are Still Memorized By French Schoolchildren, Is Regarded By Fumaroli, And Countless Others, As The Greatest French Lyric Poet Of The Seventeenth Century La Fontaine Is Best Known, However, For His Fables And Contes Marc Fumaroli S Grand Study Is Almost As Much About Louis XIV As It Is About La Fontaine He Provides A Detailed Analysis Of The Absolutist Politics And Attempts By The King And His Ministers To Enforce An Official Cultural Style Fumaroli S Work Is A Meditation On The Plight Of The Artist Under Such A Ruler During The Imposition Of A Tyrannical, Centralized Political Regime Of Particular Interest To Fumaroli Is Nicolas Foucquet, Whose Fall From Power Is The Central Event Of The Book Foucquet, La Fontaine S Patron, Was Arrested And Imprisoned By Order Of Louis XIV On False Charges Of Embezzlement And Treason For La Fontaine, The Arrest Was A Disaster Foucquet Had Generously Supported And Protected La Fontaine, Who Remained Loyal To Him For Decades, Helping In His Defense And Writing Pleas For Pardon Many Of Foucquet S Associates Were Arrested Others, Including La Fontaine, Prudently Left Town During The Reign Of Louis XIV, The Basic Role Of Literature In The Eyes Of The Court Was That Of An Official Propaganda Machine The Royal Cultural Policy Supported Only Tragedy And The Heroic Ode, And Demanded Works That Praised The King In The Years That Followed Foucquet S Arrest, La Fontaine Had To Rely On Support From Groups Unconnected With The Government, Including Jansenists, Protestants, And The Libertine, Homosexual Circle Of The Duc De Vend Me Fumaroli Reads History With An Eye On The Modern World His La Fontaine And His Foucquet, His World Of Free Culture In Opposition To State Power, Are Models For The Liberal Vision Of The Possible Role Of Culture In Modern Society The Poet And The King Offers Not Only A Captivating History Of One Of France S Greatest Poets, But Also Carries The Message That Great Literature And Art Can Be Created In Spite Of Repressive Cultural And Political Regimes Booklist
Marc Fumaroli is a scholar of French classical rhetoric and art He is a member of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Soci t d Histoire Litt raire de la France, and the Acad mie Fran aise Fumaroli received from the Acad mie Fran aise, before being elected a member, the Monseigneur Marcel Prize in 1982 and the Critique Prize in 1992, and he is president of the Soci t des Amis du Louvre.
- 542 pages
- Poet and the King: Jean de la Fontaine and His Century
- Marc Fumaroli
- 07 January 2019 Marc Fumaroli