Alain-René Lesage Essay - Alain-René Lesage Long Fiction Analysis

Alain-René Lesage Long Fiction Analysis

Although Alain-René Lesage wrote several novels, only two of his endeavors in long fiction are read at all widely today: The Devil upon Two Sticks and Gil Blas. The first novel, a brief tour de force, is sometimes seen, by critic Frederick C. Green, for example, as a sort of “practice run” for the greater feat of the later novel.

The Devil upon Two Sticks had as its admitted inspiration El diablo cojuelo (1641), by the Spanish author Luis Vélez de Guevara; this pattern of adaptation was followed throughout Lesage’s career and occasioned much subsequent comment through the years, especially by Spaniards—a circumstance that, on reflection, is not surprising. (Saintsbury,...

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