Fletcher, Dennis J. “The Chevalier de
Jaucourt and the English Sources of the Encyclopedic Article ‘Patriote.’” Diderot Studies, vol. 16, Librairie Droz, 1973, pp. 23–34. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40372418.
As is commonly understood, the Chevalier de Jaucourt is notorious for his acts of plagiarism and copying in order to write his articles for the Encyclopédie. Fletcher claims that although this is true, Jaucourt still had good character and skill and that his process for creating articles is valuable for historians. Focusing on Jaucourt’s sources for the article “Patriote”, Fletcher demonstrates the interactions between French and English intellectuals. He also touches on the similarities between the source material in “Patriote” and a few other articles written by Jaucourt, comparing the sources and the way in which they are quoted. He insists that Jaucourt’s compilations required skill in order to select the right information for the article while also creating a cohesive, coherent article that could spread a political opinion.
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