The Complete Works of Francois Rabelais
By (author) Francois Rabelais
Translated by Donald M. Frame
Foreword by Raymond C. La Charite
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Complete Works of Francois Rabelais by Francois Rabelais
Book DescriptionRip-roaring and rib-tickling, Francois Rabelais' irreverent story of the giant Gargantua, his giant son Pantagruel, and their companion Panurge is a classic of the written word. This complete translation by Donald Frame, helpfully annotated for the nonspecialist, is a masterpiece in its own right, bringing to twentieth-century English all the exuberance and invention of the original sixteenth-century French. A final part containing all the rest of Rabelais' known writings, including his letters, supplements the five books traditionally known as Gargantua and Pantagruel. This great comic narrative, written in hugely popular installments over more than two decades, was unsparingly satirical of scholarly pomposity and the many abuses of religious, legal, and political power. The books were condemned at various times by the Sorbonne and narrowly escaped being banned. Behind Rabelais' obvious pleasure in lampooning effete erudition and the excesses of society is the humanist's genuine love of knowledge and belief in the basic goodness of human nature. The bawdy wit and uninhibited zest for life that characterize his unlikely trio of travelers have delighted readers and inspired other writers ever since the exploits of Gargantua and Pantagruel first appeared.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520064010
(229mm x 152mm x 54mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Francois Rabelais
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Paperback (December 2016)
Rabelais' bawdy 16th-century masterpiece, ostensibly the adventures of a giant and his son, satirizes Medieval and Renaissance ideology. Using his ribald humor, Rabelais addresses timeless issues of education, politics, and philosophy.
Readings from Rabelais, Paperback (February 2016)
Originally published in 1920, this book contains a selection of passages from Rabelais, with detailed notes and a biography.
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book 3 (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press), Paperback / softback (December 2008)
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Author Biography - Francois Rabelais
Francois Rabelais is known through his work more than through the details of his life, which are scanty. Born in the late fifteenth century, he first chose the monastic life, then left to become a lay priest and make a career as a physician, teacher, and writer. Donald M. Frame, (1911-1991) was Professor of French at Columbia University, and a renowned translator of, and expert on, Montaigne and Moliere as well as Rabelais. Raymond C. La Charite is Professor of French at the University of Kentucky and editor of French Forum and French Forum Monographs.
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