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Maxims - La Rochefoucauld Translated by Leonard TancockIntroduction
Portraits
Self-Portrait of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld
Portrait of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld by Cardinal de Retz
Portrait of Cardinal de Retz by La Rochefoucauld
Maxims
Reflections or Aphorisms and Moral Maxims
Posthumous Maxims
Maxims withdrawn by the Author
Notes


About the Author

La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) was a French classical author who was one of the most active rebels of the Fronde before becoming the leading proponent of the maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses severe or contradictory facts with brevity. La Rochefoucauld published only two works, the Memoires and the Maximes. Additionally, about 150 letters have been collected with 19 shorter pieces, now known as Reflexions diverses.

Leonard Tancock (1902-1986) was an eminent translator of French and a renowned scholar. He taught French at University College London and is best known for his translation of classic French literature, including works by Emile Zola, Voltaire, and Guy de Maupassant.

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