Charles Magnin

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Charles Magnin (born in Paris, 4 November 1793; died there,7 October 1862) was a French author.


He received a brilliant education, and in 1813 became assistant in the imperial library, and in 1832 one of the directors of that institution. His theatrical criticisms in Le Globe (1826-1830), his lectures at the Sorbonne (1834-1835) on the origin of the modern stage, and his various writings won for him the praise of Sainte-Beuve, and a seat in the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. Magnin also wrote poetry and plays.


His principal works are:

  • Origines du théâtre moderne (1838)
  • Causeries et méditations (2 vols., 1843)
  • Théâtre de Hroswitha (1845, with text and translation)
  • Histoire des marionettes (1852).