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Villon, Francois. Francois Villon (1431-?) was a French poet and rogue. John Erskine made Villon the protagonist of a series of stories in Liberty Magazine from 1935 to 1937; the stories were collected in The Brief Hour of Francois Villon (1937).

The fictional Villon is a larger-than-life and perhaps more clever, if not romanticized, version of the historical Villon.

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