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April 9, 2014

Rabelais, Rabelaisian

Francois Rabelais    (1494 - 1553)

Francois Rabelais
(1494 – 1553)

By Steve King

On this day in 1553 the French monk, physician, humanist scholar and writer, Francois Rabelais died. His influential and much-imitated satiric masterpiece, Gargantua and Pantagruel (five books, 1532-52) is in the mock-quest tradition, with the emphasis decidedly on the ‘mock’– the prize sought being at times the ideal toilet paper, at times the wisdom of the Holy Bottle.

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