Other Literary Forms
Marivaux was, among other things, a journalist, specializing in articles on literary and moral questions. During two periods in his life (1717-1720 and 1751-1755), he collaborated on the Nouveau Mercure, a periodical that featured and reviewed the “Moderns.” He founded several periodicals as well: Le Spectateur français (1722-1723, 1727, 1761), whose title was borrowed from Joseph Addison and Richard Steele’s Spectator; L’Indigent Philosophe (1728); and Le Cabinet du philosophe (1734).
Another genre in which Marivaux achieved considerable success was the novel. Beginning in his youth with parodies of the “precious” novel, he developed an appreciable sense for realism and psychological and sociological truth in La Vie de Marianne (1731-1741; The Life of Marianne, 1736-1742) and Le Paysan parvenu (1734-1735; The Fortunate Peasant, 1735).