The lines of Boileau beginning Enfin Malherbe vint are rendered only partially applicable by :the extraordinary ignorance of older French poetry which distinguished that peremptory critic. But the good as well as bad side of Malherbe's theory and practice is excellently described by his contemporary and superior Regnier, who was animated against him, not merely by reason of his own devotion to Ronsard but because of Malherbe's discourtesy towards Regnier's uncle P. Desportes, whom the Norman poet had at first distinctly copied.
D'Aubigne's invective and Regnier's satire, at the close of the 16th century, are as modern as Voltaire's.
Saint-Simon's fine but biased account of the court in her day and of her career is contained in the twelfth volume of Cheruel and Regnier's edition of his Memoires.
Marty-Laveaux in Regnier's Grands Ecrivains de la France (1862-1868), in 12 vols.