God's Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry and Irregular Commerce of the Abbe Migne

God's Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry and Irregular Commerce of the Abbe Migne

by R. Howard Bloch, Bloch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226059715

ISBN-13: 9780226059716

Pub. Date: 09/28/1995

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

God's Plagiarist is an entertaining account of the abbe Jacques-Paul Migne, one of the great entrepreneurs of the nineteenth century. Tracing Migne's life between 1840 and 1870, a period of robust economic growth in France, Howard Bloch reveals how the abbe Migne founded one of the most extensive publishing ventures of all time. Migne harnessed a will of iron and…  See more details below

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God's Plagiarist is an entertaining account of the abbe Jacques-Paul Migne, one of the great entrepreneurs of the nineteenth century. Tracing Migne's life between 1840 and 1870, a period of robust economic growth in France, Howard Bloch reveals how the abbe Migne founded one of the most extensive publishing ventures of all time. Migne harnessed a will of iron and boundless personal energy to the latest innovations in print technology and marketing. Most famous for his massive 469-volume edition of the Church Fathers, Migne was the founder of the Ateliers catholiques of Paris and owned a total of ten newspapers during the course of his life. Bloch shows how closely Migne's activities in the newspaper world coincided with his editing and marketing of the Church Fathers. He sold the Fathers by means of advertising and merchandising ploys so creative and modern that Bloch is able to link Migne and his methods to the rise of wholesale exchange and large department stores in Paris. Migne's assembly-line production and innovative pyramid sales schemes placed him a the forefront of France's new commerce. And yet, Migne had a lengthy police record and was characterized by the police as one of the great "schemers" of the century. This priest-entrepreneur put the most questionable of business practices in the service of his devotion to Catholicism. He was run in for bribery, hounded because of irregularities in the licensing of his papers, and continually being sued for plagiarism. He employed priests who could not find work elsewhere and paid them such low wages that they were considered a constant source of political unrest. Migne trafficked illegally in masses and frequently reprinted editions that were not in the public domain. Despite his years under police scrutiny, he does, however, appear to have been a saintly schemer, whose activities on the margin of the law were motivated by a greater good. Part detective novel, part mortality tale, Bloch's narrative not only

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226059716
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
162
Sales rank:
267,080
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Abbe and the Police1
2Plagiarism and the Press23
3Advertisements for the Self41
4Piracy and Patrology58
5Migne and Money78
Conclusion: Le Bon Marche and the Ateliers Catholiques113
Notes129
Index of Names149
Subject Index151

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