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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Francois de Salignac de La Mothe-Fenelon: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Portraits of the Seventeenth Century, Historic and Literary By Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1904
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Fenelon"
Eighteenth-Century British and American Rhetorics and Rhetoricians: Critical Studies and Sources By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By Elizabeth V. Souleyman G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1941
Librarian’s tip: "Fenelon (1651-1715)" begins on p. 42
The Freedom of French Classicism By E. B. O. Borgerhoff Princeton University Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "'Douceur et Clarte': Fenelon" begins on p. 220
Literary Criticisms By 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 By 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 By Barbara J.Whitehead Garland, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "To Educate or Instruct? Du Bosc and Fenelon on Women"
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