Poet, novelist, sometime member of Mademoiselle de Montpensier's circle and correspondent of the "Mercure Galant", Cantenac (Bordeaux 1630?-1714) was notorious in his own time. "Satyres nouvelles" was first published in 1705 in Amsterdam. It contains 17 poetic "satyres" together with various other poems and is one of six collections by Cantenac published in his lifetime. The text, introduction and essential notes are all in French.
A. M. Clin-Lalande teaches in the Centre d'enseignement et de recherches en langues etrangeres, Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland.