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JEAN ARMAND CHARLEMAGNE (1753–1838)

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 897 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JEAN ARMAND CHARLEMAGNE (1753–1838), French dramatic author, was born at Bourget (Seine) on the 3oth of November 1753. Originally intended for the church, he turned first to being a lawyer's clerk and then a soldier. He served in the American War of Independence, and on returning to France (1783) began to employ his pen on economic subjects, and later in writing for the stage. He became the author of a large number of plays, poems and romances, among which may be mentioned the comedies M. de Crac a Paris (1793), Le Souper des Jacobins (1795) and L' Agioteur(1796) , and Observations de quelques patriotes sur la necessite de conserver les monuments de la litterature et des arts (1794), an essay written in collaboration with M.M. Chardin and Renouard, which induced the Convention to protect books adorned with the coats of arms of their former owners and other treasures from destruction at the hands of the revolutionists. He died in Paris on the 6th of March 1838.
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