Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The first literary work of Honoré d’Urfé (dur-FAY) was a series of philosophical meditations, Epistres morales (1598). Le Sireine, a pastoral poem begun in 1583, was published in 1606. Between 1599 and 1609, d’Urfé composed a heroic poem in nine books, La Savoysiade (a fragment of this work appears in Nouveau Recueil des plus beaux vers de ce temps, 1609). At the request of Marie de Médicis, d’Urfé wrote a long pastoral play in five acts titled La Sylvanire (pb. 1627). Les Tristes Amours de Floridon (1628) contains two shorter pastoral works, “Les Fortunez Amours de Poliastre et de Doriane” and “Le Berger désolé.”