Marie de Romieu (330 words)

  • Margaret Harp (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
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Marie de Romieu, today considered a relatively minor French poet of the second half of the sixteenth century, was an active translator and writer who demonstrated a keen interest in the role of women. There is very little biographical information about the author of the Premières Oeuvres poétiques (1581). Author of sonnets, epigrams, epitaphs, hymns and eclogues, Romieu has been presumed until quite recently to be but a front for her brother Jacques’ writing. The brother and sister were of noble, but modest, extraction. Coming from a family of bakers near Viviers in the Rhône valley, Jacques, as a lawyer serving in the court of Henri III, provided Marie access to well-known patrons at court. These included Hippolyta …

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Harp, Margaret. "Marie de Romieu". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2013
[, accessed 18 January 2018.]

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