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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 690 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COLLIN D'HARLEVILLE, JEAN FRANCOIS (1755–1806), French dramatist, was born at Mevoisins, near Maintenon (Eure-et-Loire), on the 3oth of May 1755. His first dramatic success was L'Inconstant, a comedy accepted by the Comedie Francaise in 1780, but not produced there until six years later, though it was played elsewhere in 1784. This was followed by L'Optimiste, ou l'homme toujours content (1788), and Chateaux en Espagne (1789). His best play, Le Vieux Celibataire, appeared in 1793. Among his other plays are—the one-act comedy Monsieur de Crac clans son petit cartel (1791), Les Artistes (1796), Les Mceurs du jour (1800) and Malice pour malice (1803). Collin was one of the original members of the Institute of France, and died in Paris on the 24th of February ,8o6. The 1822 edition of his Theatre et poe'sies fugitives contains a notice by his friend the dramatist Andrieux. His Theatre was also edited by L. Moland in 1876; and by Edouard Thierry in 1882.
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