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Nicolas Chamfort

a.k.a. Sebastain-Roche Nicolas, Nicolas de Chamfort

Author Code: FNCH

Born: Apr. 6, 1741 - Clermont-Ferrand, France

Died: Apr. 13, 1794 - Paris, France

Educated at the College des Grassins, Chamfort began teaching and writing. In 1764, he produced a successful sentimental comedy, La Jeune Indienne. For a number of years, he produced various essays and poetry until 1769 when he received a prize from the Academie Francaise. The following year he produced his second success, La Marchand de Smyrne, and seemed to have become a literary force, when he suddenly became very ill. A friend awarded him a pension and he was thus able to spend time in the country and at the spa at Barges for recuperation. He became a court favourite during Louis XIV's reign, but was later a supporter of the Revolution and a close friend of Mirabeau. nevertheless, as the Revolution progressed, he became disillusioned and criticized it as he had criticized the Court. He was imprisoned for a short time in 1792 and after his release was threatened with re-arrest. In September 1793, he attempted suicide by shooting himself in the face unsuccessfully. He then tried to sever an artery in his neck, but also failed at that. He was found and placed under guard, continuing to suffer greatly until his death the following year. His works include The Fountain of Praise (1774). Although he produced numerous criticisms, essays and verse, today it is his aphorisms for which he is best known.

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