Excerpt from Francois Rabelais
The publication of Des Maret's sand Rathery sedition of Rabelaiss works, in 1857, marked a new epoch in the study of Rabelais. To this edition was prefixed a Life, by Rathery, in which, for the first time, all the legendary matter was carefully pruned away, and no fact was admitted that was not based upon trustworthy evidence. During the last fifty years this biography has held the field, and except for one or two important discoveries made by M. Heulhard in connection with Rabelaiss visit to Italy, and embodied in his book, Rabelais, his Travels in Italy, his Exile at Metz (Rabelais, ses Voyages en Italie, son Exil à Metz)(1891), little addition has been made to our knowledge of Rabelais until very recently.
But at the close of 1902 a fresh impetus was given to Rabelaisian studies by the foundation of the Societe des Etudes Rabelaisiennes, with M. Abel Lefranc as its first President.
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