M. Able Lefranc, professor of French language and literature at the College de France, Paris, will deliver the first of a series of four lectures on "Moliere" in the New Lecture Hall this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
These lectures are held under the auspices of the Circle Francais, and have been made possible by fund of $30,000 given in 1898 by James Hazen Hyde '98. a series has been given each year since then on subjects varying from the history of French romanticism ot a study of finance in France.
M. Lefranc, who will deliver the lectures this year, is an eminent authority on the literature of the French Renaissance. He is also the author of a large number of books on French history and literature. He began his career as a student of French municipal history. In 1888 he became interested in the research study of the French Renaissance. One of his greatest achievements, in this connection, was the discovery in "la Bibliotheque Nationale" of a large number of poems by Marguerite de Navarre, the existence of which had up to that time been unknown. These poems wee published in 1896 under the title, "Les dernieres poesies de Marguerite de Navarre." M. Lefranc was appointed in research work on the life and works of Rabelais, and in 1902 founded the "Societe des Etudes Rabelaisiennes," in memory of Rabelais and his era. Two years later he accepted the professorship of modern French language and literature at the College de France, the oldest professorship of its kind in France.
The remaining lectures of the series will be given on April 5, April 9, and April 12. These lectures are all open to the public, but seats will be reserved for ticket-holders until five minutes before each lecture.