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Restif de La Bretonne (1734–1806)

Restif, Nicolas Edme (called Restif or Retif de La Bretonne) (rā-tēf’). A French novelist; born at Sacy near Auxerre, Nov. 22, 1734; died at Paris, Feb. 3, 1806. He published in all more than 200 volumes, full of wit and imagination, but reflecting the licentious habits of their author and his circle. The most noteworthy are: ‘The Foot of Fanchette’ (1769); ‘The Perverted Countryman’ (1774); ‘The Life of my Father’ (1778), a monument of filial piety; ‘The Pornograph’ (1796), a plan for regulating prostitution; and the remarkable ‘Autobiography of Monsieur Nicolas’ (1794–97, 16 vols.).