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1657, Feb 111757, Jan 9
a French author and an influential member of three of the academies of the Institut de France, noted especially for his accessible treatment of scientific topics during the unfolding of the Age of Enlightenment. He began as a poet, writing a poem in Latin at the age of 13 and more than once competed for prizes of the Académie française, but he never won anything. His Lettres galantes du chevalier d'Her, published anonymously in 1685, was a collection of letters portraying worldly society of the time. It immediately made its mark.
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