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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Great French humorist, born at Chinon, the son of a poor apothecary; was sent to a convent at nine; became a Franciscan monk; read and studied a great deal, but, sick of convent life, ran away at forty years of age; went to Montpellier, and studied medicine, and for a time practised it, particularly at Lyons; here he commenced the series of writings that have immortalised his name, his "Gargantua" and "Pantagruel," which he finished as curé of Meudon, forming a succession of satires in a vein of riotous mirth on monks, priests, pedants, and all the incarnate solecisms of the time, yet with all their licentiousness revealing a heart in love with mankind, and a passionate desire for the establishment of truth and justice among men (1495-1553).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Rabelais, François'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/r/rabelais-franois.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.