A. H. de la Motte

A. H. de la Motte

Biography A. H. de la Motte (1672 - 1731)

French author

Also called Antoine Houdar de la Motte / Antoine Houdart de La Motte.
Was born on 17 jan 1672.
Died on 26 dec 1731, at 59 years old.
Origin country France

Antoine Houdar de la Motte (18 January 1672 – 26 December 1731) was a French author.
De la Motte was born and died in Paris. In 1693 his comedy, Les Originaux (Les originaux, ou, l'Italien), was a complete failure, and so depressed the author that he contemplated joining the Trappists. Four years later he began writing texts for operas and ballets, e.g. L'Europe galante (1697), and tragedies, one of which, Inès de Castro (1723), was an immense success at the Theâtre Français. He was a champion of the moderns in the revived controversy of the ancients and moderns. His Fables nouvelles (1719) was regarded as a modernist manifesto. Anne Dacier had published (1699) a translation of the Iliad, and La Motte, who knew no Greek, made a translation (1714) in verse founded on her work.

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