Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Suard

Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Suard (15 January 1732 – 20 July 1817) was a French journalist, translator and man of letters during the Age of Enlightenment. He was born in Besançon and died in Paris.

Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Suard
Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Suard,
(Musée de la Révolution française)
Born15 January 1732
Died20 July 1817(1817-07-20) (aged 85)
Literary critic
Spouse(s)Amélie Panckoucke


The 16 January 1766, he married Amélie Panckoucke, sister of Charles-Joseph Panckoucke.[1]

He was the editor of the Journal étranger in the years 1760–1762 and of the Gazette littéraire d'Europe in the years 1764–1766.

Suard was on intimate terms with the philosophes and regularly attended the salon of Baron d'Holbach, although he seems to have eschewed their more radical ideas. Suard was a close acquaintance with the Marquis de Condorcet, having stayed in residence with him back in 1772.[2] In 1774 he was made a member of the Académie française, and later a state censor. For all his caution, Suard would later be harassed by both the Revolutionary and the Napoleonic regimes. His Mélanges de littérature were published in 1803–1805.



  1. Mémoires d'Amélie Suard
  2. Salmon, J.H.M (1977). "Turgot and Condorcet. Progress, Reform and Revolution". History Today. 27: 288 via Florida International University.
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