Restif de la Bretonne, Nicolas Edme
Restif de la Bretonne, Nicolas Edme nëkôlä´ ĕd´mə rĕstēf´ də lä brətôn´ [key], 1734–1806, French novelist. A printer by trade, he wrote and published over 250 novels, mostly based on incidents in his own rather libertine life. His detailed realism earned him the epithets
the Rousseau of the gutterand
the Voltaire of the chambermaids.He was the author of many tracts on social reform. Outstanding among his novels are Le Pied de Fanchette (1769), Le Paysan perverti (1775), Les Parisiennes (1787), and Monsieur Nicolas (16 vol., 1794–97; tr., 6 vol., 1930–31).
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