La correspondance de Jean Chapelain : témoignage d’une amitié sincère et utilitaire entre hommes de lettres
LETTERS OF JEAN CHAPELAIN: EVIDENCE OF HONEST AND USEFUL FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN MEN OF LETTERS
Jean Chapelain corresponded with the most well-known writers, intellectuals and men of power. He was an authority in literature, a critic and theoretician, he advised Colbert but, at the same time, he was an object of mockery, a person in need of support from his friends. The article describes Chapelain’s relations with friends where the aspect of usefulness, granting favours, reading and reviewing one another’s works plays an important role in developing honest friendship.