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L'Académie française

( L'Académie française ), learned society of France. It is one of the five societies of the Institut de France . The origins of the academy were in a

La Fontaine, Jean (1621 - 1695)

( zhäN də ), 1621–95, French poet, whose celebrated fables place him among the masters of world literature. He was born at Château-Thierry to a

Open Lagerlöf, Selma (1859 - 1940)
Lagerlöf, Selma (1859 - 1940)

Swedish novelist. Her first work was the romantic historical novel Gösta Berling's saga/The Story of Göst Berling (1891). The children's fantasy Nils

Lalande, (Joseph) Jérôme Le François (1732 - 1807)

French astronomer. He observed the transit of Venus and helped to calculate the size of the Solar System. He compiled a catalogue of 47,000 stars.

Lamartine, Alphonse Marie-Louis Prat De (1790 - 1869)

French poet. He wrote romantic poems, including Méditations poétiques/Poetical Meditations (1820), followed by Nouvelles méditations/New Meditations

Lamb, Charles (1775 - 1834)

English essayist and critic. He collaborated with his sister Mary Lamb (1764–1847) on Tales from Shakespeare (1807), and his Specimens of English

Landor, Walter Savage (1775 - 1864)

English poet and essayist. He lived much of his life abroad, dying in Florence, where he had fled to avoid a libel suit in 1858. His works include the

Lang, Andrew (1844 - 1912)

Scottish historian and folklore scholar. His writings include historical works; anthropological studies, such as Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887) and

Langer, Susanne (Katherina) (1895 - 1985)

American philosopher, best known for her contributions to philosophical anthropology and aesthetics; one of the most important aestheticians of the

Lang, Fritz (1890 - 1976)

Émigré directors from Germany and Austria played a large part in establishing the style, tone, and preoccupations of classical film noir. Among them,