Désiré Nisard

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Désiré Nisard

Jean Marie Napoléon Désiré Nisard (20 March 1806 – 27 March 1888)[1] was a French author and literary critic. He was born at Châtillon-sur-Seine.


In 1826 he joined the staff of the Journal des Débats, but subsequently transferred his pen to the National. Under the empire he was inspector-general of education (1852) and director of the École normal (1857–1867).

Nisard's literary reputation was established by his Histoire de la littérature française (1844–1861). This work helped to secured his election to the Académie française in 1850 as seat 39.[2] His other works include Études d'histoire et de littérature (1859–1864), and Les Quatres grands historiens latins (1875).

In all his books Nisard vigorously supported the claims of classicism against romanticism.[3][4] He is the object of the loathing of the narrator in the postmodern book Démolir Nisard, by the French writer Eric Chevillard.[5]


Nisard died at San Remo in 1888.


The school Lycée polyvalent Désiré Nisard in Châtillon-sur-Seine was named after Nisard.


  1. ^ "Désiré Nisard (1806-1888)". BNF.fr.
  2. ^ "Désiré NISARD N°394" (in French). academie-francaise.fr. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  3. ^ Debré, Patrice. Louis Pasteur. Translated by Elborg Forster. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 115. ISBN 0801865298. Nisard had been a fierce adversary of the Romantic movement
  4. ^ Nisard (1834). "Etudes de Moeurs et de Critique sue les Poetes Latins de la Decadence" (in French).
  5. ^ "Démolir Nisard" (in French). Les Éditions de Minuit. Retrieved 2017-09-09.