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Jean de La Fontaine (b. July 8, 1621, d. 1695)Jean de La Fontaine (son of Jean de La Fontaine and Francoise Pidoux) was born July 8, 1621, and died 1695.
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Jean de La Fontaine was born in Chateau-Thierry where his father was Superintendent of Woods and Forests. He studied the humanities, thought of taking holy orders, but married and bought his father's office. He devoted himself to poetry, left his wife and son and moved to Paris where he enjoyed the patronage of a succession of patrons in the fashionable literary salons of the day and was part of the literary society of the court, mixing with Moliere, Racine, Corneille and other well known figures. "He was one of the most frivolous and dissipated of men but he was likewise one of the most charming and gifted. La Fontaine was a great and brilliant wrieter and his verse.........lively and original." (Chambers Biographocal Dictionary). He published a variety of works in prose and verse, and the "Fables", verse translations of Aesop's Fables, in twelve volumes, between 1668 and 1695.
For notes on his maternal Pidoux relatives, see notes on Francoise Pidoux.