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JEAN NICOLAS BOUILLY (1763-1842)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 318 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JEAN NICOLAS BOUILLY (1763-1842), French author, was born near Tours on the 24th of January 1763. At the outbreak of the Revolution he held office under the new government, and had a considerable share in the organization of primary education. In 1799 he retired from public life to devote himself,to literature. His numerous works include the musical comedy, Pierre le Grand (1790), for Gretry's music, and the opera, Les Deux Journees (1800), music by Cherubini; also L'Abbe de l'epee (1800), and some other plays; and Causeries d'un vieillard (1807), Contes a ma fille Wog), and Les Adieux du vieux conteur (1835). His Leonore (1798) formed the basis of the libretto of the i'idelio of Beethoven. Bouilly died in Paris on the 14th of April 1842. See Bouilly, Mes recapitulations (3 vols., 1836—1837) ; E. Legouve, Soixante ans de souvenir (1;" partie, 1886).
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