Nicolas Lenglet Dufresnoy and the literary underworld of the ancien régime

Author: Geraldine Sheridan

Volume: 262

Series: SVEC

Publication Date: 1989

Pages: 443

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0382-5

Price: £55


Abbreviations for manuscript sources
1. The wigmaker’s son: 1674-1704
Family background
Insubordinate theologian: the lure of print
Oratorian retreat
Lenglet as littérateur
The graduand
2. The fortune seeker: 1705-1714
Secret agent
Man of the cloth: but which colour?
International spy
Historical methodologist
The exile’s return
3. The decline of patronage: 1715-1728
Paris under the Regency
Defender of the Gallican hierarchy
Bouc émissaire turned mouton
Geographer and book-thief
Vienna: a lost Maecenas
Death of Le Blanc
4. Lenglet and libertinage: 1729-1739
The historian as incrédule
The libertins rehabilitated: early French poetry
Lenglet as satirist
Ideas disseminated: the Spinozist heritage
‘Réjouir l’imagination’: an apologia for the novel
Capitalising on a reputation
5. Acceptability if not respectability: 1740-1749
The twilight zone of Grub Street: financial insecurity in the later years
New departures: from Voltaire to occultism
Historian of France or subverter of the monarchy: chafing at the bit
Consolidation of established interests
Politics and propaganda
6. The encyclopédiste: 1750-1755
Last challenges to authority
Lenglet and the encyclopedic spirit
La Monarchie française: the final endeavour

Voltaire Foundation

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