Francois de Salignac de La Mothe-Fenelon

Fénelon, François de Salignac de la Mothe

François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon (fräNswä´ də sälēnyäk´ də lä môt fānəlôN´), 1651–1715, French theologian and writer, a leader of the quietism heresy, archbishop of Cambrai. As tutor to the duke of Burgundy, he wrote Télémaque (1699), holding up Ulysses as an example for the young prince. Other writings include a treatise (1687) on female education, and Explications des maximes des saints (1697), mystical instructions in faith for which Fénelon was banished to Cambrai, where he devoted himself to pastoral duties. His Lettre à l'Académie (1716) recommended literary activities for the French Academy. His quietism brought a long quarrel with his former patron Bossuet, which was settled in 1699 when Pope Innocent XII condemned Fénelon's writings.

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FREE! Portraits of the Seventeenth Century, Historic and Literary
Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve.
Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1904
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Fenelon"
The Social & Political Ideas of Some Great French Thinkers of the Age of Reason: A Series of Lectures Delivered at King's College, University of London, during the Session 1928-29
F. J. C. Hearnshaw.
George G. Harrap, 1930
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Fenelon"
Eighteenth-Century British and American Rhetorics and Rhetoricians: Critical Studies and Sources
Michael G. Moran.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Francois de Salignac de La Mothe-Fenelon" begins on p. 80
The Church in the Seventeenth Century
H. Daniel-Rops; J. J. Buckingham.
J. M. Dent & Sons, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "The Anguish of Fenelon" begins on p. 267, "The Semi-Quietism of Fenelon" begins on p. 378, and "Bossuet versus Fenelon" begins on p. 386
Henry Fielding's Theory of the Comic Prose Epic
Ethel Margaret Thornbury.
University of Wisconsin, 1931
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "Fenelon, Boileau, Le Bossu, and Madame Dacier"
FREE! A History of French Literature
C. H. Conrad Wright.
Oxford University Press, 1912
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XV "Fenelon"
The Vision of World Peace in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century France
Elizabeth V. Souleyman.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1941
Librarian’s tip: "Fenelon (1651-1715)" begins on p. 42
The Freedom of French Classicism
E. B. O. Borgerhoff.
Princeton University Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "'Douceur et Clarte': Fenelon" begins on p. 220
Literary Criticisms
Terence L. Connolly; Francis L. Thompson.
E. P. Dutton, 1948
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Fenelon begins on p. 396
Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth
Conyers Read.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Fenelon begins on p. 19
Women's Education in Early Modern Europe: A History, 1500-1800
Barbara J.Whitehead.
Garland, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "To Educate or Instruct? Du Bosc and Fenelon on Women"
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