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1645, Aug 161696, May 11
a French philosopher and moralist. La Bruyère's Caractères appeared in 1688, and at once he made many readers and many enemies. His unpopularity was, however, chiefly confined to the subjects of his sarcastic portraiture, and to the hack writers of the time, of whom he was wont to speak with a disdain only surpassed by that of Alexander Pope.
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