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Born to Write: Literary Families and Social Hierarchy in Early Modern France

Neil Kenny


Scratch the surface of literary production from the late fifteenth to the mid-seventeenth century in France, and a large number of the authors, translators, and editors turn out to be relatives of other authors, translators, and editors. Why was this? Why did some 200 families contain more than one literary producer and so exercise disproportionate influence over what people read in the period? The phenomenon ranged from poetry (the Marots, the Des Roches) to scholarship (the Scaligers), from history-writing (the Godefroys) to engineering (the Errards). It included not just fathers and sons bu ... More

Keywords: literature, learning, social hierarchy, social status, families, France, early modern, heredity, inheritance

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Kenny, author
Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; Professor of French, University of Oxford

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