Jean-François de Bastide (July 15, 1724, Marseille – July 4, 1798, Milan aged 73) was an 18th-century French writer and playwright.
The sound of a magistrate from Provence, Bastide was a polygraph : he wrote novels ( Story of a nun by herself , “Universal Library of Novels”, May 1786, 24 pp. In-16), theater plays, critics, and was also a journalist and a compilator. As a journalist, he published The New Spectator (1758-60), The World as It Is (1760-61), Journal de Bruxelles or The Thinker (1766-67), etc. He also directed the “Universal Library of Novels” from 1779 to 1789.
As a playwright, he composed:
- 1749: Unexpected Disenchantment
- 1762: The probity test
- 1763: The Characters of Music
- 1763: The Two Talents , comic opera presented at Italian Comedy 11 August (music by Chevalier d’Herbain )
- 1764: The Young Man , comedy presented in Bordeaux
- 1766: The Lovers Oppose , comedy presented in The Hague 11 March
- The Majority , comedy presented the same day in the same theater
- 1766: Soldier for love , comic opera presented in Brussel, at Théâtre de la Monnaie , 4 November (music by Pierre Van Maldere and Ignaz Vitzthumb )
- Gésoncourt and Clémentine , tragedy presented the same day in the same theater.
- La Petite-Maison , published in Tales of M. de Bastide , Paris, L. Cellot, 1763, II, 1, p. 47-88