Le Roman comique (known in English as The Comical Romance) is the best known work by the seventeenth century French poet, dramatist and novelist Paul Scarron (1610-1660). Scarron wrote the fiction in two parts over a long period. The first volume, consisting of 23 chapters, was published in 1651; the second, published six years later, is comprised of 20 additional chapters. In 1660 Scarron obtained permission to publish a third part, but died, apparently without having started it.
The Roman comique is a comic novel in the picaresque style involving a troupe of traveling players (comédiens). The work’s title would have struck an odd note with the readers of its time. In the seventeenth …
Langille, Edward. "Roman comique". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2017
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