Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède  

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Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède (1609 or 1610 - 1663) was a French novelist and dramatist. He was born at the Château of Tolgou, near Sarlat (Dordogne). After studying at Toulouse, he came to Paris and entered the regiment of the guards, becoming in 1650 gentleman-in-ordinary of the royal household. He died in 1663 in consequence of a kick from his horse.

La Calprenède was the author of several long heroic romances ridiculed by Boileau. They are: Cassandre (10 vols., 1642-1650); Cléopâtre (1648); Faramond (1661); and Les Nouvelles, ou les Divertissements de la princesse Alcidiane (1661) published under his wife's name, but generally attributed to him.




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