1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Belles-Lettres

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17535501911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 3 — Belles-Lettres

BELLES-LETTRES (Fr. for “fine literature”), a term used to designate the more artistic and imaginative forms of literature, as poetry or romance, as opposed to more pedestrian and exact studies. The term appears to have been first used in English by Swift (1710).