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Thomas Sébillet (1512–1589) was a French jurist, an essayist and a neo-Platonist grammarian.He is now remembered for his Art Poétique (Poetic Art) from 1548, on French verse. He was strongly contradicted later by Joachim du Bellay, whose art poétique became normative. This "decapitation of richesse" lead to a centralisation of language, too (additionally to the concentration of political power).
Joachim du Bellay was a French poet, critic, and a member of the Pléiade.
Equally advocate in Parliament, he was a favourite of Michel de l'Hospital, Étienne Pasquier and Pierre de l'Estoile.
Étienne Pasquier was a French lawyer and man of letters. By his own account he was born in Paris on 7 June 1529, but according to others he was born in 1528. He was called to the Paris bar in 1549.
Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras, was a French novelist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and experimental filmmaker. Her script for the film Hiroshima mon amour (1959) earned her a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.
François Cheng is a Chinese-born French academician, writer, poet and calligrapher. He is the author of essays, novels, collections of poetry and books on art written in the French language, and the translator of some of the great French poets into Chinese.
Jacques Pelletier du Mans, also spelled Peletier was a humanist, poet and mathematician of the French Renaissance.
Jean-Baptiste Regnault was a French painter.
Joseph Méry was a French writer, journalist, novelist, poet, playwright and librettist.
French Renaissance literature is, for the purpose of this article, literature written in French from the French invasion of Italy in 1494 to 1600, or roughly the period from the reign of Charles VIII of France to the ascension of Henry IV of France to the throne. The reigns of Francis I and his son Henry II are generally considered the apex of the French Renaissance. After Henry II's unfortunate death in a joust, the country was ruled by his widow Catherine de' Medici and her sons Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III, and although the Renaissance continued to flourish, the French Wars of Religion between Huguenots and Catholics ravaged the country.
André Suarès, born Isaac Félix Suarès was a French poet and critic.
Francis Jammes was a French poet. He spent most of his life in his native region of Béarn and the Basque Country and his poems are known for their lyricism and for singing the pleasures of a humble country life. His later poetry remained lyrical, but also included a strong religious element brought on by his "conversion" to Catholicism.
Louis Fuzelier was a French playwright.
Michel, chevalier de Cubières, the brother of Louis Pierre de Cubières, was an 18th-century French writer, known under the pen-names of Palmézaux and Dorat-Cubières, taking the latter name as he had Claude Joseph Dorat as his master.
François-Georges Fouques Deshayes, known as Desfontaines or Desfontaines-Lavallée, was a French writer and playwright.
Amable de Bourzeis was a French churchman, writer, hellenist, and Academician.
Guillaume Alexis was a French Benedictine monk and poet of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, nicknamed the "Good Monk". His abbey was that at Lire, in the diocese of Évreux, He became prior of Bussy, in Perche. In 1486 he went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and died there, a victim of Ottoman persecution.
Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He is considered a master of the French Baroque style. Lully disavowed any Italian influence in French music of the period. He became a French subject in 1661.
Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Élie de Beaumont was a French lawyer from an old Norman Protestant family.
Gilles d’Aurigny was a French poet and lawyer.
Édouard Fournier was a 19th-century French homme de lettres, playwright, historian, bibliographer and librarian.
Barthélemy Imbert was an 18th-century French playwright, poet and novelist.
Jean Malrieu was a 20th-century French poet.
Alain Borne was a 20th-century French poet. A lawyer in Montélimar, he lived relatively unknown to the literary circles in Paris. But he was very close to Pierre Seghers.
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