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Meyer, Paul Hyacinthe

MEYER, PAUL HYACINTHE (MARIE, PAUL HYACINTHE) (1840- ), French philologist, was born in Paris on the 17th of January 1840. He was educated at the Ecole des Chartes, and in 1863 was attached to the manuscript department of the Bibliothequfe Nationale. In 1876 he became professor of the languages and literatures of southern Europe at the College de France. In 1882 he was made director of the Ecoie des Chartes, and a year later was nominated a member of the Academy of Inscriptions. He was one of the founders of the Revue critique, and a founder and the chief contributor to Romania (1872). Paul Meyer began with the study of old Provencal literature, but subsequently did valuable work in many different departments of romance literature, and ranks as the chief modern authority on the French language. He is the author of Rapports sur les documents manuscrits de I'ancienne litterature de la France consents dans les bibliotheques de la Grande Brelagne (1871); Recueil d'anciens textes bas-latins, provenQaux et franc_ais (2 parts, 1874-1876); Alexandre le Grand dans la lilteralure franfaise du moyen age (2 vols., 1886). He edited a great number of old French texts for the Sociele des anciens textes franqais, the Societe de I'histoire de France and independently. Among these may be mentioned Aye d' Avignon (1861), with Guessard; Flamenc,a (1865) ; the Histoire of Guillaume le Marechal (3 vols., 1892-1902); Raoul de Cambrai (1882), with A. Longrion; Fragments d'une vie da Saint Thomas de Cantorbery (1885); Guillaume de la Barre (1894).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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