Sébastien Nicolas de Chamfort: Tableaux historiques de la Révolution française (4506 words)

Cyril Francès (Université Lyon 3)
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Nicolas Chamfort (1741–1794) joined the Revolution as if he were joining a religious order. From the first events of 1789, he became a political actor who was as discreet in public as he was passionate behind the scenes. He immediately broke with the habits of a man of letters of the Ancien Régime. For example, he left the apartment given to him by his protector, the Count of Vaudreuil, to settle in the Palais-Royal, and he also committed himself to the abolition of pensions, even though they represented his main income. In this way, he became a bona fide revolutionary writer, primarily through his adoption of the revolutionary cause, but also through his dedication to modes of communication that were utterly foreign to the …

Citation: Francès, Cyril. "Tableaux historiques de la Révolution française". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38922, accessed 29 November 2020.]

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