Chamfort: A Biography
by Claude Arnaud
translated by Deke Dusinberre
University of Chicago Press, 1992
Cloth: 978-0-226-02697-8
Library of Congress Classification PQ1963.C4A8913 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 848.509

ABOUT THIS BOOK | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Sébastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort (1740-1794), whom Nietzsche called the "wittiest of all moralists," is now known for little more than brillian aphorisms that captivated a long line of thinkers, from Stendhal to Cioran, Schopenhauer to Camus. Yet the fascination of Chamfort's life is barely suggested by the fragments of writing that have survived him. In Claude Arnaud's captivating biography, Chamfort the libertine, playwright, journalist, and revolutionary stands revealed as the most telling emblem of his times.

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