Denis Diderot: Le Père de Famille [The Family Father] (1347 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 accused the theatre o…

Crowther, Louise. "Le Père de Famille". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2008
[, accessed 27 October 2016.]