Jean Donneau de Visé

Christophe Schuwey (Université de Bretagne Sud)
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Predominantly known as the founder of the Mercure galant [Gallant Mercury] (a monthly periodical started in 1672) and for his implication in two dramatic quarrels (the “Querelle de L’Ecole des femmes [The School for Wives]” and the “Querelle de la Sophonisbe”), Jean Donneau de Visé (1638-1710) was both a professional writer notorious for his compilations of novels, poems, plays and polemical texts, as well as an official writer respected for his documentation of events of political importance to the crown. His activity as a compiler raises questions of blurry authorship or even plagiarism in some aspects of his literary production. His output, focused primarily on making money by selling as many books as possible, was also aimed at obtaining him a position as historiographer to…

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Citation: Schuwey, Christophe. "Jean Donneau de Visé". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 March 2015 [, accessed 10 December 2023.]

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