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Nisard, Jean Marie Napoleon Desire

NISARD, JEAN MARIE NAPOLEON DESIRE (1806-1888), French author and critic, was born at Chatillon-sur-Seine on the zoth of March 1806. In 1826 he joined the staff of the Journal des Debats, but subsequently transferred his pen to the National. Under the empire he was inspector-general of education (1852) and director of the cole normale (1857-1867). His literary reputation was effectually established by his Histoire de la lUUralure française (1844-1861), which secured his election to the Academy (1850). His other works include Etudes d'histoire et de literature (1850-1864), and Les Quatres grands historiens latins (1875). In all his books he vigorously supported the claims of classicism against romanticism. He died at San Remo on the 27th of March 1888.

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

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