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1597, May 311654, Feb 18
a French author, best known for his epistolary essays, which were widely circulated and read in his day. He was one of the founding members of Académie française. Guez de Balzac's fame rests chiefly upon the Lettres, a second collection of which appeared in 1636. Recueil de nouvelles lettres was printed in the next year. His letters, though empty and affected in matter, show a real mastery of style, introducing a new clearness and precision into French prose and encouraging the development of the language on national lines by emphasizing its most idiomatic elements.
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