Denis Diderot: Le Père de Famille [The Family Father]

(1369 words)
  • Louise Crowther (University of Manchester)

Le Père de famille [The Family Father] was written during 1757-58 and appeared in November 1758 along with its accompanying work De la Poésie dramatique [Of Dramatic Poetry]. The play appeared in the middle of a period of turmoil for Diderot: the once intimate friendship that Diderot had enjoyed with Rousseau had ruptured irreparably and publicly; not only did Rousseau take offense at Diderot’s less than subtle attack, in Le Fils naturel [The Natural Son], on those (Rousseau being a case in point) who abandon society and friendship for a life of seclusion, but they also differed in their views on theatre. Whereas Rousseau …

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Crowther, Louise. "Le Père de Famille". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2008
[, accessed 25 November 2015.]