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I know the various uses of 'en' but it's really hard to know why it's used here:

Encore une banalité, bien que l'auteur en soit Boileau!

Is this an idomatic expression with 'être'?

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There is nothing special with this expression, en refers to the banalité :

Encore une banalité, bien que l'auteur de la banalité soit Boileau !

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