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Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Jean

French prose writer, poet, dramatist, Christian polemicist, and political figure. One of the original members and the first chancellor of the French Academy, Desmarets opened the long literary battle, since called the querelle des anciens et des modernes (see ancients and moderns), by arguing that the true models for modern French literature were Romance legends and the Bible rather than classical Greek and Roman writers.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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