Antoine Fabre d'Olivet


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(1768–1825), a playwright whom success stubbornly eluded, diversified late into the study of the languages and cosmogonies of the ancient world. His unquestionable erudition was, however, undermined by his visionary temperament, exalted imagination, and his taste for the occult, which led him to propound fantastical hypotheses. Fabre deserves recognition, however (though in a smaller way than La Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Raynouard, and Fauriel), as a distant precursor of the Félibrige, for Le Troubadour, poésies occitaniques du XIIIe siècle (1804), a collection of verse (some of it authentic) couched in various dialects with Fabre's translations.

From The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French in Oxford Reference.

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