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Jacques Drillon

Selected for the City Books & Music Prize 2019

Jacques Drillon is a journalist, speaker, reciter, artistic director of recordings born June 25, 1954, in Paris. Doctor of letters, he studied higher education in literature and cinema, in Nancy and Metz. In 1975, he was a producer at Radio France and today remains an occasional collaborator at France Culture. Then he founded, in 1978, with Louis Dandrel, the Music world, of which he was the head of department between 1982 and 1984. Between 1981 and 2017, he was a journalist for the “classical music” section of the Nouvel Observateur. Between 1997 and 1999, he taught linguistics at the University of Cergy and stylistics at the University of Paris VIII. He regularly lectures at the École Polytechnique and contributes to various newspapers and magazines. Jacques Drillon is the author of around twenty books, including: The watchman (Lattès, 1984), Punctuation Treaty (Gallimard, 1991), The Tomb of Verlaine (Gallimard, 1996), About the imperfect (Zulma, 1999), The Quiz of the Obs: The game of the French language (Arabian Nights, 2001), Face to face (Gallimard, 2003), About Leonhardt (Gallimard, 2009), Cadence (Gallimard.