François Rabelais: Tiers Livre [The Third Book]

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It is unclear why Rabelais waited at least eleven years after Gargantua before publishing his Tiers livre des faicts et dicts heroïques du bon Pantagruel [Third Book of the Valiant Deeds and Words of the Good Pantagruel]. No less puzzling is his perhaps deliberate mistake in so entitling it. For no second book of Pantagruel’s exploits survives, nor does the Tiers livre recount any heroic deeds other than in its first chapter. What is clear, though, is Rabelais’s increased confidence. Here in 1546 and for the first time he assigns his own name to one of his heroic chronicles, also including a dedicatory poem to Marguerite de Navarre, sister to the King but protectress of many religious …

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Parkin, John. "Tiers Livre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 November 2010
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