La religieuse

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Author: Denis Diderot
Published: 1796
Language: French
Wordcount: 83,809 / 278 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,368
Added to site: 2009.05.16
mnybks.net#: 24176
Genre: Religion
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ute;ration, si l'éditeur ne nous eût détrompés.

«À la suite du volume, il publie l'extrait d'une correspondance qui nous découvre qu'une plaisanterie de M. Grimm a été l'origine du roman de Diderot.

«Il est bien étrange que l'éditeur n'ait pas senti qu'une plaisanterie, hors de la société et à une grande distance du temps où elle a été faite, paraîtrait très-insipide; que le public n'avait rien à gagner à une pareille confidence, et qu'il était déraisonnable, sous tous les rapports, de lui déclarer que ce qu'il avait pris pour une vérité n'était qu'une fiction.

«Il faut espérer que dans une autre édition l'on supprimera une explication qui détruit le plaisir du lecteur, l'utilité du livre et l'illusion précieuse que l'auteur avait créée avec auta

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