Jacques Drillon

Selected for the 2019 City of Books & Music Award

Jacques Drillon is a journalist, lecturer, reciter, artistic director of recordings born on June 25, 1954, in Paris. Doctor of Letters, he studied literature and cinema in Nancy and Metz. In 1975, he became a producer at Radio France and remains today an occasional contributor to France Culture. Then, in 1978, he founded, with Louis Dandrel, the Monde de la musique, 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 gives lectures at the École Polytechnique and contributes to various newspapers and magazines. Jacques Drillon is the author of some twenty books, including Le Veilleur (Lattès, 1984), Traité de la ponctuation (Gallimard, 1991), Le Tombeau de Verlaine (Gallimard, 1996), Propos sur l'imparfait (Zulma, 1999), Le Quiz de l'Obs: Le jeu de la langue française (Mille et une nuits, 2001), Face à face (Gallimard, 2003), Sur Leonhardt (Gallimard, 2009), Cadence(Gallimard, 2018).

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