The belletristic and the puritanical conceptions of life presented themselves in their profoundest antithesis.
In belletristic literature, also, we find occasional references to the love-sentiment in childhood.
"elegant literature, aesthetics," 1710, French, literally "fine letters," from belles, plural of belle, fem. of beau "fine, beautiful" (see beau) + lettres, plural of lettre "letter" (see letter). The literary equivalent of beaux arts.