Jean-François De La Harpe

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Jean-François de La Harpe (November 20, 1739 – February 11, 1803) was a French playwright, writer and critic.

La Harpe was born in Paris of poor parents. His father, who signed himself Delharpe, was a descendant of a noble family originally of Vaud. Left an orphan at the age of nine, La Harpe was taken care of for six months by the Sisters of Charity, and his education was provided for ... more »

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  • ''We never forgive those who make us blush.''
    Jean-François De La Harpe (1739-1803), French poet, playwright. Mélanie, in Mélanie, act 3, sc. 1.
  • ''We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.''
    Jean-François De La Harpe (1739-1803), French poet, playwright. M. de Faublas, in Mélanie, act 1, sc. 1.
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