Jean Nicolas Bouilly


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(1763–1842), French author of moral tales and disciple of Arnaud Berquin. During the French Revolution, Bouilly played an official role in the organization of primary schools. His greatest success was the play L’abbé l’Épée (1799) based on the life of the pioneering teacher of the deaf. Its English translation was the basis of the children's novel Julius: or, Deaf and Dumb (1801). Bouilly's lifelong interest in education caused him to stage the drama Berquin, ou l'ami des enfants (Berquin, or The Children's Friend, 1802). Bouilly subsequently wrote a dozen more works for children, including Contes à ma fille (Tales for My Daughter, 1809), Contes moraux offerts aux enfants de France (Moral Tales Offered to France's Children, 1823), and the twenty-volume Le portefeuille de la jeunesse, ou la morale et l'histoire enseignées par des exemples (Youth's Portfolio, or Morality and History Taught through Examples, 1829–1830). Most of these works remained in print until the end of the 19th century.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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