Jean de Léry

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  • Vincent Bruyere (Penn State University)

For a long time neglected by the literary institution, or relegated to the ranks of antiquarian scholarship, Jean de Léry’s major work, Histoire d’un voyage faict au Brésil aurement dit Amerique has been recently recognized as a key document of the intellectual and literary history of the sixteenth century. As a token of this renewed esteem, Léry’s travelogue had been put on the lists of the French agrégation for the program of 2000. In 2001, Jean Claude Ruffin reopened the files from “France Antarctique” in his award winning novel Rouge Brésil.

Jean de Léry was born in 1534, in La Margelle, Burgundy. Very little is …

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Bruyere, Vincent. "Jean de Léry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2010
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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