Paul BénichouPaul Bénichou (; 19 September 1908 – 14 May 2001) was a French writer, intellectual, critic, and literary historian.
Bénichou first achieved prominence in 1948 with ''Morales du grand siècle'', his work on the social context of the French seventeenth-century classics. Later Bénichou undertook a prodigious research program, seeking to understand the radical pessimism and disappointment expressed by mid-nineteenth writers. This project resulted in a series of major works, beginning with ''Le Sacre de l’écrivain, 1750-1830'' (1973; Eng. trans. 1999 [''The Consecration of the Writer, 1750-1830'']). A 1995 volume, ''Selon Mallarmé'', may be considered an extension of this series. Together, these works amount to an important reinterpretation of French romanticism. Critic Tzvetan Todorov described Bénichou’s special interest as “the thought of poets.” More generally, though, Paul Bénichou’s work contributed to the understanding of the creative writer's place in modernity, and illuminated the role of writers in legitimating the institutions and values of modern society. Provided by Wikipedia
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