, a French dramatist of the seventeenth century, remarkable for
, a French dramatist of the seventeenth century, remarkable for the fertility of his pen,
wrote an incredible number of pieces for the theatre, som
say six hundred, and some even more. Of these, however,
no more remain than thirty-four, which were published by
himself in six volumes, 8vo, Paris, 1625 1628. Among
these the only tolerable piece is “
Marianne,” so good, indeed, that his readers will wonder how it came there. All
his boast was a remarkable facility in writing; it was said
that he would write two thousand lines in twenty-four
hours: in three days his play was composed, and acted.
He certainly had considerable talents, but, as he was very
necessitous, and compelled to write against time, his abilities had not fair scope. He was the first French dramatist
who introduced the custom of being paid for his pieces.
He died at Paris in 1630.