Sébastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort (1740-1794), whom Nietzsche called the "wittiest of all moralists," is now known for little more than brillian aphorisms that captivated a long line of thinkers, from Stendhal to Cioran, Schopenhauer to Camus. Yet the fascination of Chamfort's life is barely suggested by the fragments of writing that have survived him. In Claude Arnaud's captivating biography, Chamfort the libertine, playwright, journalist, and revolutionary stands revealed as the most telling emblem of his times.
Chamfort: An Introduction by Joseph Epstein Preface Author's Acknowledgments Translator's Acknowledgments 1. A Negative Fairy Tale 2. Early Struggle against Anonymity 3. The Mask 4. Herculean Adonis 5. Shattered Illusions 6. Little Balloon 7. Ironclad in Repelling Evil, a Wax Mold in Accepting Good . . . 8. A Cabal against Mustapha 9. Auteuil-Passy 10. Love, and Only Love 11. Long Live Mirabeau! And Long Live the Charmer! 12. Julie 13. From Moralist to Volcano 14. Half Cockscomb, Half Poppy 15. The Palais-Royal Powderkeg 16. The Bastille 17. Normalcy 18. Shattered Dreams 19. The Académie Dismembered by a Member 20. Doing Away with the Self 21. The Monarchy's Death Throes 22. A Bad Dream 23. His Own Executioner 24. . . . From the Dead 25. Nietzsche-Chamfort Appendixes 1. The Theft of Chamfort's Manuscripts 2. Portraits of Chamfort 3. Unanthologized Aphorisms and Anecdotes 4. A Chamfort Sampler Illustrations Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Manuscripts Published Articles and Essays Principal Editions of Chamfort's Works General Source Material Contemporary Publications Contemporary Periodicals Biographies of Chamfort Index