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CLAUDE PIERRE GOUJET (1697-1767), French abbe and litterateur, was born in Paris on the 9th of October 1697. He studied at the College of the Jesuits, and at the College Mazarin, but he nevertheless became a strong Jansenist. In 1705 he assumed the ecclesiastical habit, in 1719 entered the order of Oratorians, and soon afterwards was named canon of St Jacques l'Hopital. On account of his extreme Jansenist opinions he suffered considerable persecution from the Jesuits, and several of his works were suppressed at their instigation. In his latter years his health began to fail, and he lost his eyesight. Poverty compelled him to sell his library, a sacrifice which hastened his death, which took place at Paris on the 1st of February 1767.

He is the author of Supplement au dictionnaire de Moreri (1735), and a Nouveau Supplement to a subsequent edition of the work; he collaborated in Bibliotheque francaise, ou histoire litteraire de la France (18 vols., Paris, 1740-1759); and in the Vies des saints (7 vols., 1730); he also wrote Memoires historiques et litteraires sur le college royal de France (1758); Histoire des Inquisitions (Paris, 1752); and supervised an edition of Richelet's Dictionnaire, of which he has also given an abridgment. He helped the abbe Fabre in his continuation of Fleury's Histoire ecclesiastique. See Memoires hist. et litt. de l'abbe Goujet (1767).

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