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About the Author: Claude-Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon

Claude-Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, dit Crébillon fils, was a French novelist. Born in Paris, he was the son of a famous tragedian, Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, dit Crébillon père. He received a Jesuit education at the elite school Louis-le-grand. Early on he composed various light works, including plays for the Italian Theatre in Paris, and published a short tale called Le Sylphe in 1730. From 1729 to 1739 he participated in a series of dinners called "Le Caveau" (named after the cabaret where they were held) with other artists, including Alexis Piron, Charles Collé, and Charles Duclos.

The publication of Tanzaï et Neadarne histoire japonaise (1734), which contained veiled attacks on the Papal bull Unigenitus, the cardinal de Rohan and others, landed him briefly in the prison at Vincennes. His novel Les Égarements du cœur et de l'esprit was published in 1735 and was although he continued to edit it in 1738, it was never finished. Publication of Le Sopha in 1742 forced him into exile from Paris, which lasted several months.

Around 1744 he entered into a romantic liaison with Lady Henrietta Maria Stafford, daughter of a Jacobite chamberlain, and they were married in 1748. A son born in 1746 died in 1750. Despite financial hardship, they lived harmoniously until her death in 1755. Meanwhile, he published La Nuit et le moment (1745), Ah quel conte and Les Heureux Orphelins (1754). Inheriting nothing from Henriette, he was forced to sell his large library in 1757 and eventually found steady income as a royal censor (like his father) in 1759. In 1768 and 1772 he published his last two novels, Lettres de la duchesse de au duc de and Lettres athéniennes .


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Un soir, l'aimable Clitandre se glisse dans le lit de la belle Cidalise, qui ne dit pas absolument non. Elle ne dit pas oui non plus, mais souhaite qu'on lui parle, et Clitandre, multipliant les travaux d'approche, lui raconte ses exploits récents : comment il a séduit la belle et froide Célimène, la grosse Araminte, Julie, la physicienne intrépide, Luscinde l'étourdie, la tendre Aspasie et la nonchalante Bélise. Six histoires où seule compte la manière : séduire sans prononcer le mot amour, susciter le plaisir et la trahison en même temps. Cidalise s'en rit, mais ne serait-elle pas la septième ? En 1755, Crébillon fils se décide à faire paraître La Nuit et le Moment auquel il travaille depuis près de vingt ans. Selon Grimm, lui-même jugeait que ce dialogue était ce qu'il avait " fait de mieux dans sa vie ", et de toutes ses œuvres, en effet, c'est sans doute celle qui illustre le mieux son énigmatique génie. Pour employer les mots de Marivaux, " une surprise de l'amour " s'y découvre, mais qui n'engage ici que la nuit : une nuit de vérité d'où l'on émerge différent.

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