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date: 04 June 2020

Cazotte, Jacques locked

  • Elisabeth Cook

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( b Dijon, Oct 7, 1719; d Paris, Sept 25, 1792). French writer . Educated at the Jesuit college of Dijon, he entered the marine ministry, serving as contrôleur to the West Indies from 1747 to 1759. He retired at an early age, due to ill health and on his return to France he adopted literature as his profession. The themes of his fashionable fairy stories, contes and romances inspired contemporary opera: Dalayrac's Agnès et Olivier (1791) was based on the romance Olivier, which had secured Cazotte's literary reputation, and his masterpiece, the conte Le diable amoureux, served as the model for Paisiello's L'infante de Zamore (1781). His one libretto, to Duni's opéra comique Les sabots (1768), was unsuccessful: Duni sought the assistance of Sedaine, who refashioned the text substantially but retained Cazotte's name on the title-page.

Cazotte also contributed two pamphlets to the Querelle des Bouffons while on leave in Paris in ...

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