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Difference between "conte" and "nouvelle" at the time of La Fontaine

Both contes and nouvelles are short stories. La Fontaine encompasses both of them under the term contes in his preface (bold mine): J'avais résolu de ne consentir à l'impression de ces contes qu'...
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Difference between "conte" and "nouvelle" at the time of La Fontaine

It appears that the "contes" are written in regular verse and use an older diction, while the "nouvelles" are written in irregular verse, with rhyme scheme and meter varying in the ...
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Which French author or critic claimed that Racine and La Fontaine could not be understood by foreigners?

For the record, here’s the context of the sentence from Butler that was quoted in Wikipedia. Butler does not give any further identification of the “French critics” who retorted to Hazlitt. I’ve ...
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Why is The Power of Fables, in Book VIII of Fables by La Fontaine, addressed to Paul Barillon, the French ambassador to England?

The OP writes that "La Fontaine was a critic of French society to say the least". Sweetser describes him as "a loyal but lucid subject of a king eager to concentrate the power and the ...
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