Nicolas Lenglet Dufresnoy and the literary underworld of the ancien régime

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Nicolas Lenglet Dufresnoy and the literary underworld of the ancien régime

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 262

1989

January 1st, 1989

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page6
Copyright Page7
Dedication8
Contents10
Abbreviations for manuscript sources12
Foreword14
1. The wigmaker’s son: 1674-170416
Family background16
Insubordinate theologian: the lure of print21
Oratorian retreat32
Lenglet as littérateur37
The graduand41
2. The fortune seeker: 1705-171444
Secret agent44
Man of the cloth: but which colour?46
International spy57
Book-dealer61
Historical methodologist63
The exile’s return71
3. The decline of patronage: 1715 -172873
Paris under the Regency73
Defender of the Gallican hierarchy78
Bouc émissaire turned mouton81
Geographer and book-thief86
Vienna: a lost Maecenas90
Death of Le Blanc102
4. Lenglet and libertinage: 1729-1739110
The historian as incrédule110
The libertins rehabilitated: early French poetry122
Lenglet as satirist138
Ideas disseminated: the Spinozist heritage146
‘Réjouir l’imagination’: an apologia for the novel154
Capitalising on a reputation174
5. Acceptability if not respectability: 1740-1749182
The twilight zone of Grub Street: financial insecurity in the later years182
New departures: from Voltaire to occultism189
Historian of France or subverter of the monarchy: chafing at the bit200
Consolidation of established interests219
Politics and propaganda230
6. The encyclopédiste: 1750-1755244
Last challenges to authority244
Lenglet and the encyclopedic spirit252
La Monarchic française: the final endeavour265
Conclusion281
Bibliography294
Introduction294
Bibliography I: The printed works of Nicolas Lenglet Dufresnoy296
Bibliography II:418
A. Manuscript sources418
B. Printed works cited in this study423
Index432