François Rabelais

Introduction

Rabelais, François (răbˈəlā, Fr. fräNswäˈ räblāˈ) [key], c.1490–1553, French writer and physician, one of the great comic geniuses in world literature. His father, a lawyer, owned several estates, including "La Devinière," near Chinon, the presumed birthplace of Rabelais.

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