Louis Gabriel Michaud

French writer

1773   -   1858

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French
occupation: printer, writer, bookseller, biographer, lexicographer

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Louis-Gabriel Michaud (19 January 1773, Castle Richemont – 3 August 1858) was a French writer, historian, printer, and bookseller. He was notable as the compiler of Biographie Universelle (1811-). He became a lieutenant on 15 July 1791 and joined the Zweibrücken Regiment. In 1792 he participated in the Battle of Valmy and the Battle of Jemappes. Having reached the rank of captain in the 102nd line regiment, he left the army for health reasons. In 1797, with his brother Joseph François Michaud and N. Giguet (died in 1810), he founded a (at first clandestine) printing press, specializing in books about religion and the monarchy. He was imprisoned with his brother and N. Giguet for several months in 1799 for having printed anti-Bonapartist literature. He obtained his first commission from abbot Jacques Delille, then a refugee in London, who entrusted him with his books to be printed.
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