Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Crébillon, Claude-Prosper Jolyot de

(1707-1777) French writer, known as Crébillon fils because his father, Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (1674-1762), was also a writer. Crébillon fils is of fantasy interest primarily for Le Sopha (1740; trans anon as The Sopha: A Moral Tale 1742 UK; new trans Bonamee Dobrée 1927; vt The Divan (Le Sofa): A Morality Story 1927 US), a volume whose Frame Story playfully evokes Arabian Fantasy. A sultan has one of his courtiers tell him a series of tales. The courtier, who has had several Reincarnations, describes a time when he was a succession of sofas, a sequential Bondage from which he could not be released until two virgin lovers had Sex on him. Before this long-deferred event, he was forced to witness various depravities, which he recounts. [JC]

Claude-Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon


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