François de Salignac de La Mothe Fénelon Bibliography

Trait‚ de l'education des filles 1687
A work that drew comparisons with Locke's theories on education.
Trait‚ du ministŠre des pasteurs 1688
Explication des maximes des saints sur la vie int‚rieure 1697
Text prompted by the "Quietist" debate with Bishop Bossuet
Les aventures de T‚l‚maque 1699
A description of Telemachus's search for his father, Ulysses, Les aventures de T‚l‚maque remained until late in the eighteenth century the most widely read literary work in France and elsewhere.
Plans de gouvernement, dits Tables de Chaulnes 1711
“. . . very precisely dated to November 1711. For anyone who thinks of Fénelon as a vapid storyteller or an airy mystic exiled from the realities of French life, this score of notes will come as a rude shock. They contain nothing less than a list of detailed policies to be implemented immediately after the death of Louis XIV, of exactly the kind one imagines every modern opposition party draws up secretly on the eve of a general election. They range from the widest questions of practical governance (size of the Council, rearrangement local authorities, ecclesiastical relations with Rome and, above all, modes of taxation) to highly personal topics: whom to trust and whom not to, which generals to back and which to retire, what to do with invalid veterans, and so forth. These are the jottings of a potential First Minister, not of a provincial archbishop. The reason they were written late in 1711 was the real chance translating such policies into reality when, on the death of the Grand Dauphin in that year, Fénelon’s adoring former pupil, the Duc de Bourgogne, became the heir apparant to his elderly and ailing grandfather. It was generally assumed that Fénelon would be the leading personality of the new reign. All hopes were dashed when the new Dauphin himself died, aged only twenty, in 1712. We are dealing with a man who was within an ace of governing France, in ways that would almost certainly have changed the shape of history, and who was cheated by a fatal epidemic of measles. To put it at the most modest estimate, not since Richelieu would there have been a person of such intellectual rigour at the forefront of European affairs.” (Peter Bayley, review of Fénelon, Oeuvres II, in TLS, 1 May, 1998)
Dialogues sur l'‚loquence 1714
Work was completed in 1674.
Examen de conscience d'un roi (A King's Self-Examination) 1747