Despite the fact that his name is now only recognised in scholarly circles, Gautier de Costes de la Calprenède was one of the most successful French writers of the seventeenth century. His novels, upon which his fame principally rests, remained extremely popular even beyond his lifetime, selling in their thousands, inspiring plays, and still being translated as late as the nineteenth century. He began his literary career, however, by writing for the stage, producing nine plays between 1635 and 1642, alternating between the two most popular genres of the time: tragedy and tragicomedy. His life was filled with dual careers. In the 1630s he was both soldier and dramatist; in the 1640s, soldier and novelist; in the 1650s, while he …

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Snaith, Guy Paul. "Gauthier de Costes de La Calprenede". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 August 2011
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