Adam Billaut was born in Nevers in 1602. At the beginning carpenter, he launches out in poetry and knows a frank success near the princesses and the notables. He goes up to Paris in 1638 and frequents people of letters like Corneille and receives a pension against some "verses louangeurs" of richelieu in particular. Thanks to his benefactress, Marie de Gonzague, he became bailiff at the Chambre des Comptes. He died in Nevers in 1662. His last collection "Le Vilebrequin" was published in 1663. His house still recalls his memory in the street that bears his name.