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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Jean Monnet (Condrieu, Rhône 7 September 1703 - Paris, 1785) was a French theatre impressario and writer.


A baker's son, he was orphaned aged 8 and taken in by his uncle before moving intp the service of the duchesse de Berry aged 15. In 1743 he became head of the Opéra-Comique.


  • Supplément au Roman comique, ou Mémoires pour servir à la vie de Jean Monnet, ci-devant Directeur de l'Opéra-Comique à Paris, de l'Opéra de Lyon, & d'une Comédie Françoise à Londres, London, 1772, 2 vol. These were his memoirs, which are very instructive on 18th century theatre life. It was republished by Henri d'Alméras with an introduction and notes in 1908.
  • Les Soupers de Daphné et les dortoirs de Lacédémone, novel, Oxford (Paris), 1740
  • Le Chirurgien anglais, 'comédie-parade', with Charles Collé, 1748
  • Anthologie françoise, ou Chansons choisies, depuis le 13e siècle jusqu'à présent, Paris, 1765.

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