Samuel Sorbière

Date 1615 - 1670
Biographical NotesSorbière was a French physician, philosopher, translator, and man of letters, considered a 'libertin érudit'. He is best known for his promotion of the works of Thomas Hobbes and Pierre Gassendi and his translation of Thomas More's 'Utopia'. In 1663 he visited England and was admitted to the Royal Society. The book that followed this trip ('Relation d'un voyage en Angleterre') was censored for its critical comments, although the specifics of this episode are unclear.

On Sorbière as an author of apodemic texts, see Jean-Claude Margolin, 'Le "topos" de l'utilité des voyages: à propos de Sorbière et son voyage en Angleterre (1664)', Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Litteraria nr. 033/1992, 162-89.
Work(s)Author of De l'utilité des grands voyages & de la lectures des Relations (1657) in Lettres et Discours de M. De Sorbière Sur diverses Matieres Curieuses
Author of Lettres et Discours de M. De Sorbière Sur diverses Matieres Curieuses (1660)
Author of Avis pour un voyage (1657) in Lettres et Discours de M. De Sorbière Sur diverses Matieres Curieuses