God's Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry and Irregular Commerce of the Abbe Migneby R. Howard Bloch, Bloch
Pub. Date: 09/28/1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
How did he do it?
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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. A priest in Orleans from 1824 to 1833, Migne then moved to Paris, where, in the space of a decade, he built one of the most extensive publishing ventures of all time.
How did he do it?
Migne harnessed a deep well of personal energy and a will of iron to the latest innovations in print technology, advertising, and merchandising. His assembly-line production and innovative marketing of the massive editions of the Church Fathers placed him at the forefront of France's new commerce. 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.
Part detective novel, part morality tale, Bloch's narrative not only will interest scholars of nineteenth-century French intellectual history but will appeal also to general readers interested in the history of publishing or just a good historical yarn.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
1: The Abbe and the Police
2: Plagiarism and the Press
3: Advertisements for the Self
4: Piracy and Patrology
5: Migne and Money
Conclusion: Le Bon Marche and the Ateliers Catholiques
Index of Names
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