Jean de La Bruyère biography
Jean de La Bruyère, born in Paris, France, in August 1645, studied law at the University of Orléans and went on to become a royal tutor. In 1688, he published the satirical work The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus, which critiqued class disparities found in aristocratic society. La Bruyère was elected to the French Academy in 1693. He died in Versailles, France, in May 1696.