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  • "To be sure, most writers did not sink so low as d'Allainval, Chevrier, and La Coste; but many shared and experience that marked the men of Grub Street: embastillement. Forty-five writers, 10 percent of those in the survey, were locked up at least once in a state prison, usually the Bastille. If the Bastille was almost empty on July 14, 1789, it was full of meaning for the men who made it into the central symbol of radical propaganda before the French Revolution."

    —Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre, And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York: Vintage Books, 1984), 155

    September 24, 2008