Kafker, Frank A. “Gua de Malves and
the ‘Encyclopédie.’” Diderot Studies, vol. 19, Librairie Droz, 1978, pp. 93–102. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40372495.
In this article focusing on the early editorship of the Encyclopédie
surrounding the Abbé Gua de Malves, Kafker attempts to determine why Gua de Malves is not mentioned anywhere in the work, in neither the articles nor the front matter. Kafker cites newly (1970s) found letters written by Briasson, a publisher of the Encyclopédie, that give more clues as to why this occurs. Kafker posits that Gua de Malves performed no exceptional work for the Encyclopédie and was mediocre as an editor; moreover, he was unreliable with money and payments, didn’t recruit a large number of famous contributors, had poor judgement, and held a reputation of leaving projects unfinished. However, Kafker does call Gua de Malves a bright scholar as his research is interesting and accurate for the time, but he just didn’t fit the role of editor as well as the publishers had wished.
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Main Classification: Early Encyclopédie
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