A study of the life and literary works of Jacques Grevin, with special reference to his relationship with the Pleiade poets
This thesis comprises: (i) A bibliography of all works, literary and medical, known to be by Jacques Grevin (1533-1570), or attributed to him. This bibliography incorporates texts and editions discovered by the present author. (ii) A biography, bringing up to date the previous most extensive biography by Lucien Pinvert (1899). This includes an evaluation of works attributed to Jacques Grevin, notably the verse Epistre au Tigre (1561) and the Temple de Ronsard (1563), in an attempt to resolve the question of authorship. (iii) A detailed study of every reference to contemporary religious controversy found in Grevin's writings, and also of comments made by his contemporaries about his convictions, in an attempt to evaluate his religious allegiance. (iv) A discussion of Grevin's literary relationships with the most prominent contemporary poets: successive chapters are devoted to Ronsard, Du Bellay and the other poets of the Pleiade. An attempt has been made to note every significant source of inspiration found by Grevin in the Pleiade poets and to assess the extent and the manner of his borrowing from these poets. In the case of Ronsard and Du Bellay, Grevin's personal relationship with them is also analysed. (v) An annotated edition of Grevin's Preceptes de Plutarnue monstrant la maniere comme il faut se gouverner en mariage (1558). This translation of Plutarch was done while Grevin was still at school and was soon afterwards prepared for publication. In the introduction and notes of the present edition Grevin's text is compared with the Greek original, in the form in which it was known to him and his contemporaries, and with contemporary Latin and French translations (by La Boetie, Amyot, Jean Lode, Jehan de Marconville, Speroni degli Alvarotti and Jacques de la Tapie) in order to analyse his working methods. (vi) A bibliography of relevant works.