Belles Lettres

Word BELLES LETTRES
Character 14
Hyphenation belles-let tres
Pronunciations N/A

Definitions and meanings of "Belles Lettres"

What do we mean by belles lettres?

Literature regarded for its aesthetic value rather than its didactic or informative content. noun plural

Light, stylish writings, usually on literary or intellectual subjects. noun plural

Polite or elegant literature: a word of somewhat indefinite application, including poetry, fiction, and other imaginative literature, and the studies and criticism connected therewith; literature regarded as a form of fine art.

Polite or elegant literature; the humanities; -- used somewhat vaguely for literary works in which imagination and taste are predominant. noun plural

Literary works valued more for their aesthetic qualities than for any informative or educational content noun

Creative writing valued for esthetic content noun

Creative writing valued for esthetic content noun

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The word "belles-lettres" in example sentences

It has also given us some wild cards, unexpected treats that belong on the shelf once labeled belles-lettres but now more commonly known (thanks to Dave Eggers's annual paperback anthologies) as nonrequired reading. ❋ Unknown (2010)

This is the mistake of believing that experience can be absorbed, both understood and expressed, wholly in literature; and in literature, moreover, which is reduced to belles-lettres prose fiction, poetry, drama, and literary criticism. ❋ Unknown (2009)

By Gissing's late-Victorian day, the street's name had been changed, but the phrase "Grub Street" still conjured a world of shabby belles-lettres. ❋ Tina Brown (2009)

The standard by which all of belles-lettres are to be judged. ❋ Sean Craven (2009)

American scholarly trends, steering their students away from popular pulp literature to belles-lettres. ❋ Unknown (2007)

When a few hardy critics even write about London's stories, they carefully avoid the "kiddy lit" and focus exclusively on London's belles-lettres: Adventure, Burning Daylight, John Barleycorn, The ❋ Unknown (2007)

London's The Call of the Wild and White Fang are listed as books for youth whereas Martin Eden is belles-lettres or "fine literature." ❋ Unknown (2007)

Throughout her life, Bracha Habas sought also to engage in belles-lettres. ❋ Unknown (2009)

One gentleman was a deep philologist — he talked with him on the origin of the alphabet as if he had been coeval with Cadmus; another a celebrated critic, — you would have said the old man had studied political economy and belles-lettres all his life, — of science it is unnecessary to speak, it was his own distinguished walk. ❋ Unknown (2008)

No one is under an obligation to read poetry or fiction or the miscellaneous literature which is classed as belles-lettres. ❋ Unknown (2008)

When the Sultan had thus assured himself of his courtly breeding and bearing and his knowledge of the liberal arts and belles-lettres, he joyed with exceeding joy and invested him with a splendid robe of honour and promoted him to an office whereby he might better his condition. ❋ Unknown (2006)

Louis-Auguste Dambourney, a textile manufacturer in Rouen, published and oversaw publications relating to that subject for the local academy of sciences, belles-lettres and arts, and also served until his death as perpetual secretary for the agricultural society in that city. ❋ Unknown (2006)

Russians will possess the belles-lettres, mathematics, wit, and politeness, which degrade man and pervert nature. ❋ Unknown (2007)

The queen, however, dying suddenly, the Whigs took it into their heads to occupy themselves in hanging the protectors of academies, a process which is very injurious to the belles-lettres. ❋ Unknown (2007)

We must know what we are to follow, and what we are to avoid; this is the real fruit of the profound study of the belles-lettres; this is what Horace did when he examined Lucilius critically. ❋ Unknown (2007)

What we have to say of Ferrara has no relation to literature, but it has a very great one to justice, which is much more necessary than the belles-lettres, and much less cultivated, at least in Italy. ❋ Unknown (2007)

It is still more strange that, having all his life cultivated the belles-lettres, he reasons no better on our good authors than on our philosophers. ❋ Unknown (2007)

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