Summary Bibliography: François Rabelais

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  • Author: François Rabelais Author Record # 20438
  • Legal Name: Rabelais, Françoys
  • Birthplace: Domaine de la Devinière, Seuilly, Touraine, France
  • Birthdate: 1494
  • Deathdate: 9 April 1553
  • Language: French
  • Webpages: Books and Writers, Encyclopedia of Fantasy, Library of Congress, National Library of France, newadvent.org, SFE3, Wikipedia-EN, Wikipedia-FR
  • Used These Alternate Names: M. Alcofribas, Maistre Alcofribas, Rabelais
  • Note: "Maistre Alcofribas" points to "Alcofribas Nasier", pseudonym and anagram of François Rabelais. This name is quite meaningful: * Alcofribas is reminiscent of great Muslim scholars, such as Al-Khwarizmi al-Khati, known for systematizing Muslim alchemy, or theologian and philosopher Al-Ghazali, for instance. * Nasier has a ''nas-'' radical evoking the nose: either the red nose of drinkers or the rotten one of the syphilitic. Both are indeed addressed by Rabelais in the opening line of his famous Gargantua prologue: Beuveurs tres illustres, et vous, Verolez tres precieux - car à vous, non à autres, sont dediez mes écritz [...], Most illustrious drinkers, and ye, most precious poxed — for to ye, not to others, are my writings dedicated [...].
  • Author Tags: fantasy (7), giants (6), Utopia (2), folklore (1), prediction (1)
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