BEAUMARCHAIS

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Author, Poet

FrenchBorn Pierre Augustin CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS

French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and revolutionary (both French and American)

Born on January 24, 1732 in Paris , France

Died on May 18, 1799 in Paris , France

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Beaumarchais was born Pierre-Augustin Caron in the Rue Saint-Denis, Paris. He was the only boy among the six surviving children of André-Charles Caron, a watchmaker from Meaux. The family had previously been Huguenots, but had converted to Roman Catholicism in the wake of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and the increased persecution of Protestants that followed. The family was comfortably middle-class and Beaumarchais had a peaceful and happy childhood. As the only son, he was spoiled by his parents and sisters. He took an interest in music and played several instruments. Though born a Catholic, Beaumarchais retained a sympathy for Protestants and would campaign throughout his life for their civil rights.



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