The eighteenth century marked the formative period of the book trade in the French Antilles, which burgeoned over the course of the century amid the surge in imported books and increased demand for print material. In many respects, the literary culture of the French Antilles can be viewed as a microcosm of such phenomena in metropolitan France. Booksellers required licenses to sell books to the public, the circulation of books was heavily monitored by government authorities, and readers congregated in reading salons where they socialized leisurely with others. The literary culture of the eighteenth-century French Antilles was part of a wider culture of arts that permeated the isles, including theatrical and musical performances.
Citation: Morriello, Francesco. "Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture in the French Antilles". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19610, accessed 28 January 2023.]