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164-209. 5. It should however be added that Montesquieu's work could not expect to receive any official authorisation to print, nor indeed did it seek any. 6. 7 September 1716; cited in R. Laufer, Lesage ou le metier de romancier (Paris: Gallimard, 1971), pp. 125-6. 7. A. , 1967), p. 36. After 1737, however, the situation began to deteriorate, especially with the proscription laid upon novels by the government (see below, p. 100). 8. L'Ancien Regime, Vol. I, La Societe (Paris: Colin, 1969), p. 6.
Gusdorf, Les Principes de la pensee au siecle des lumieres (Paris: Payot, 1971), pp. 17&-7. Beyond the sophisticated world, however, the manifestations of electricity could still be highly disturbing. An aristocrat in Saint-Omer erected a sword on his house as a lightning conductor in 1783; the populace saw the action as blasphemous and the imprudent experimenter was saved from trouble only through the eloquence of a young lawyer from Arras - Maximilien de Robespierre (A. d. ), p. 32. See Gusdorf's chapters 'Le Modele newtonien' and 'La Generalisation du paradigme newtonien', in Les Principes de la pensee, pp.
The system worked particularly in favour of a small number of wealthy booksellers in Paris; 24 the provincial booksellers were powerless against them and often resorted to counterfeiting in order to make a living. Malesherbes, the outstanding Directeur de la librairie of the century, tried during his years in office ( 1750-63) to help the latter in their fight against this restrictive monopoly, but he did not undertake any far-reaching reforms, probably because he knew that hopes of success along those lines were minimal.
French Writers and their Society 1715–1800 by Haydn Mason