Other Literary Forms
Although Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée’s fame rests solely on the so-called comédies larmoyantes (tearful comedies) listed above, his first publication of note was a nondramatic work, Épître de Clio, à Monsieur B . . . (epistle of Clio to Monsieur B . . .), published in 1731. In this verse polemic of approximately nine hundred lines, La Chaussée defends tradition and classical principles, including the use of verse in tragedy, against their detractor Antoine Houdar de La Motte. During the 1720’s, La Chaussée composed a series of Contes (tales in verse). His first dramatic efforts were a number of parades , rather obscene, satiric farces that were very popular in his time. One such parade, entitled Le Repatriage, was published posthumously in 1762.