Academic journal article The Seventeenth Century

John Lough, 1913-2000

Academic journal article The Seventeenth Century

John Lough, 1913-2000

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John Lough, who died on 21 June 2000 at the age of eighty-seven, was Professor of French in the University of Durham from 1952 to 1978. His formidable international reputation in eighteenth-century scholarship, notably as the leading authority on Diderot and the Encyclopédie, was complemented throughout his career by his important contributions to seventeenth-century studies. The first book that he published was Locke's Travels in France, 1673-1679 (Cambridge, 1953), followed up thirty years later by France Observed in the Seventeenth Century by British Travellers (Stocksfield, 1984); and he is of course widely known for such classics as An Introduction to Seventeenth-century France (London, 1954), Paris Theatre Audiences in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Oxford, 1957), and Seventeenth-century French Drama: The Background (Oxford, 1979), supplemented by a large number of articles principally in the same areas of seventeenth-century theatre, social history, and travel in France.

From the time of the foundation of The Seventeenth Century he was an active member of the Editorial Board, supporting the journal as a contributor and as a reader for submissions who could draw on an exceptional depth of background knowledge in his areas of specialist interest. For many years he regularly participated in the activities of the Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies. …

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