n.1.One versed in belles-lettres.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Most of the later chapters focus on the works of one or two poets only, but "Caf6 Marliave" ranges from the nineteenth-century belle-lettrist John Boyle O'Reilly to the present day, setting out patterns and themes that Tobin will develop in the later chapters--and in the process, staking out Irish-American poetry as a discrete, knowable tradition.
The text is detailed but its belle-lettrist tone wearying: 'The design of the Uffizi collection makes for a richly woven tapestry: the sweetly graceful Sienese school is followed by the poetic Umbrian school ...' and so on.
He grew from being a provincial journalist to an essayist (or belle-lettrist).