- an association of 40 scholars and men and women of letters, established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu and devoted chiefly to preserving the purity of the French language and establishing standards of proper usage. French, Académie Française.
* * *▪ French literary organizationFrench literary academy, established by the French first minister Cardinal de Richelieu in 1634 and incorporated in 1635, and existing, except for an interruption during the era of the French Revolution, to the present day. Its original purpose was to maintain standards of literary taste and to establish the literary language. Its membership is limited to 40. Though it has often acted as a conservative body, opposed to innovations in literary content and form, its membership has included most of the great names of French literature—e.g., Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, Voltaire, the Viscount de Chateaubriand, Victor Hugo, Joseph-Ernest Renan, and Henri Bergson. Among numerous European literary academies, it has consistently retained the highest prestige over the longest period of time.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
French Academy — The French Academy was established in Paris in 1648 to prevent the city s guild from placing restrictions on artists. The founding members (the Le Nain brothers, Laurent de la Hyre, Charles Lebrun, and others) petitioned Louis XIV, then a… … Dictionary of Renaissance art
French Academy — noun an honorary group of French writers and thinkers supported by the French government the French Academy sets standards for the use of the French language • Hypernyms: ↑academy, ↑honorary society * * * an association of 40 scholars and men and … Useful english dictionary
French Academy — /frɛntʃ əˈkædəmi/ (say french uh kaduhmee) noun an association of 40 scholars and members of the literary profession, formally established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu and devoted chiefly to preserving the purity of the French language and… … Australian English dictionary
French Academy, The — • Founded by Cardinal de Richelieu in 1635 Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 … Catholic encyclopedia
French Academy of Sciences — For the National Academy of Medicine, see Académie Nationale de Médecine. Colbert Presenting the Members of the Royal Academy of Sciences to Louis XIV in 1667 The French Academy of Sciences (French: Académie des sciences) is a le … Wikipedia
French Academy in Rome — The French Academy in Rome ( fr. Académie de France à Rome) is an Academy located in the Villa Medici, within the Villa Borghese, on the Pincio (Pincian Hill) in Rome, Italy.HistoryThe Academy was founded at the Palazzo Capranica in 1666 by Louis … Wikipedia
French Academy (disambiguation) — The French Academy is the pre eminent French learned body on matters pertaining to the French language.French Academy may also refer to:* French Academy in Rome, an art school in Italy * French Academy of Sciences, a scientific society * French… … Wikipedia
French Academy of Technologies — The French Academy of Technologies ( Académie des technologies ) is a learned society, founded in 2000, with an emphasis on technology. It is the newest of French academies. Since 2007, it has acquired the status of établissement public , which… … Wikipedia
The French Academy — The French Academy † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The French Academy The French Academy was founded by Cardinal de Richelieu in 1635. For several years a number of learned gentlemen, such as Godeau, de Gombeaud, Giry, Chaplain, Habert, de… … Catholic encyclopedia
French Literature — • Origin, foundations, and types Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. French Literature French Literature † … Catholic encyclopedia