Jean Chapelain

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Date of Birth December 4, 1595
Place of Birth France
Date of Death Feb 22, 1674 (78)
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Jean Chapelain

Jean Chapelain was a French poet and critic during the Grand Siècle, best known for his role as an organizer and founding member of the Académie française. Chapelain acquired considerable prestige as a literary critic, but his own major work, an epic poem about Joan of Arc called "La Pucelle," was lampooned by his contemporary Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux.

Born: Dec 4, 1595, Paris, France
Died: Feb 22, 1674, Paris, France
Occupation: Critic, Poet
Nationality: French
Period: Grand Siècle
Literary movement: Neoclassicism
Notable works: "Sentiments de l'Académie sur le Cid", "La Pucelle"

About Jean Chapelain

French poet and literary critic whose best known work is "La Pucelle," a 1656 epic poem about Joan of Arc. He is also known for an academic work entitled "Sentiments de l’Academie sur le Cid."

Before Fame

He studied French literature and also learned Japanese and Spanish in preparation for work as a tutor.


He was one of the founding members of the Academie Francaise.

Family Life

His father wanted him to pursue the practical career of a notary, but his mother supported his literary interests.


He and Alfred de Musset were both French poets.

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