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ANTOINE VINCENT ARNAULT (1766-1834)

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 627 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ANTOINE VINCENT ARNAULT (1766-1834)  , French dramatist, was born in Paris in
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January 1766 . His first
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play, Marius Minturnes (1791), immediately established his reputation . A
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year later he followed up his first success with a second republican tragedy, Lucrece . He
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left France during the Terror and on his return was arrested by the revolutionary authorities, but was liberated through the intervention of Fabre d'Eglantine and
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ethers . He was commissioned by
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Bonaparte in 1797 with the reorganization of the Ionian Islands, and was nominated to the Institute and made secretary general of the university . He was faithful to his
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patron through his misfortunes, and after the
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Hundred Days remained in exile until 1819 . In 1829 he was627 re-elected to the Academy and became perpetual secretary in 1833 . Othiers of his plays are Blanche et Montcassin, ou
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les . Venitiens (1798); and Germanicus (1816), the performance of which was the occasion of a disturbance in the
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parterre which threatened serious
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political complications, . His tragedies are perhaps less known now than his Fables (1813, 1815 and 1826), which are written in very graceful verse . Arnault collaborated in a
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Vie politique et militaire de
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Napoleon (1822), and wrote some very interesting Souvenirs d'un sexagenaire' (1833), which contain much out-of-the-way information about the
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history of the years previous to 1804 . Arnault died at Goderville on the, 16th of September 1834 .

His eldest son, Emilien Lucien (1787-1863), wrote several tragedies, the leading roles in which were interpreted by

Talma . See Sainte-Beuve, Causeries du lundi, vol . 7 . Arnault's (Euvres completes (4 vols.) were published at the Hague and Paris in 1818-1819, and again (8 vols.) at Paris in 1824 .

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