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François Rabelais (c. 1490–1553)

Rabelais, François (räb-lā’). The French satirist; born at Chinon, Touraine, about 1490; died in 1553. His fame rests upon the two works called ‘Gargantua’ (1535) and ‘Pantagruel’ (1533). ‘Gargantua,’ although a sequel to the other book, was written before it. He was also the author of scientific treatises, which are now almost entirely forgotten. He is deemed not only the greatest of French satirists, but one of the great satirists of all times. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).