“Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.” François Rabelais
Who was François Rabelais?
François Rabelais was a French Renaissance writer, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. He has historically been regarded as a writer of fantasy, satire, the grotesque, bawdy jokes and songs. His best known work is Gargantua and Pantagruel. Because of his literary power and historical importance, Western literary critics consider him one of the great writers of world literature and among the creators of modern European writing.
No reliable documentation of the place or date of the birth of François Rabelais has survived. While some scholars put the date as early as 1483, he was probably born in November 1494 near Chinon in the province of Touraine, where his father worked as a lawyer. The estate of La Devinière in Seuilly in the modern-day Indre-et-Loire, allegedly the writer’s birthplace, houses a Rabelais museum.
Honours, tributes and legacy
- Honoré de Balzac was inspired by the works of Rabelais to write Les Cent Contes Drolatiques (The Hundred Humorous Tales). Balzac also pays homage to Rabelais by quoting him in more than twenty novels and the short stories of La Comédie humaine (The Human Comedy).
- Asteroid ‘5666 Rabelais’ was named in honor of François Rabelais in 1982.
- In its 26 August 2009 obituary for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the New York Times described the late Senator as a “Rabelaisian figure in the Senate and in life”.
- In Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio’s 2008 Nobel Prize lecture, Le Clézio referred to Rabelais as “the greatest writer in the French language”.
Text : Wikipedia contributors. “François Rabelais.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 23 Jun. 2017. Web.