Sarasin, Jean-François


Sarasin, Jean-François

▪ French author
Sarasin also spelled  Sarrazin, or Sarrasin  
born 1614, Caen, France
died Dec. 5, 1654, Pézenas

      French author of elegant verse, best known for the mock epic Dulot vaincu (“Dulot Defeated”), for the epic fragments Rollon conquérant (“Roland in Conquest”) and La Guerre espagnole (“The Spanish War”), and for La Pompe funèbre de Voiture (“Voiture's Funeral Pomp”).

      Sarasin undertook classical studies, and in 1648 he entered the household of Armand I de Bourbon, Prince de Conti, in whose service he remained until his death. His position permitted him to enter Paris high society and to move in the circles of those men who were representatives of that epoch. Sarasin's poems were witty and satiric. He also wrote historical works (Histoire du siège de Dunkerque, 1649; “History of the Siege of Dunkirk”) and the unfinished work La Conspiration de Wallenstein (“The Wallenstein Conspiracy”), an excellent model of historical narrative. The introduction of the “burlesque” genre from Italy into France is owed him.

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