Nicolas Boileau

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

1636 (Paris) – 1711 (Paris)

Molière, La Fontaine (both of whom were older), Racine and Furétaire were firm friends who met regularly together with Boileau to discuss literary matters: Racine described one of Boileau’s houses as “a hostelry” because of his numerous visitors. Both La Fontaine and Racine were particularly warm friends of Boileau’s, and when Racine died he was deeply affected. Boileau had a famous literary argument with Perrault, though eventually they were reconciled.