Charles Sorel: Description de l'île de portraiture et de la ville des portraits (3159 words)

Martine Debaisieux (University of Wisconsin)
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When Charles Sorel published Description de l’île de Portraiture et de la ville des Portraits [Description of the Isle of Portraiture and of the City of Portraits] in 1659, he was known above all for his work as an innovative novelist. With his successful Histoire comique de Francion [The Comical History of Francion] (1623-33), Sorel had experimented with a narrative style that sought to break away from the “absurdités” [absurdities] and “aventures chimériques” [chimerical adventures] of traditional fiction pastoral and heroic romances in particular. “La vraisemblance” [verisimilitude] and “le naturel” […

Citation: Debaisieux, Martine. "Description de l'île de portraiture et de la ville des portraits". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 May 2017 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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