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La Bruyere, Jean de (1645-1696), the author of the Caracteres, published in 1688, was a very distinguished French writer. The satires in his work made many enemies, but he was, after being twice rejected, elected to the French Academy. His other work, Dialogues sur le Quietisme, did not attain the popularity of the Caracteres.