Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Jean (zhäN dāmärāˈ də săN-sôrlăNˈ) [key], 1595–1676, French poet and dramatist. A protégé of Richelieu, he was a founding member of the French Academy. In 1670 he precipitated a controversy over the literary merits of the ancients that foreshadowed the polemics of Perrault and Boileau-Despréaux; Boileau attacked him in L'Art poétique.
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