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Courier, Paul Louis, French author and soldier, was born at Paris in 1772. He obtained a commission in the army, and served with distinction, but retired after being wounded at the battle of Wagram in 1809. A strong Republican, his political pamphlets of a very virulent character, directed against the Government of Louis XVIII., brought him into trouble in 1821, when, for a publication entitled Le Simple Discours, he was fined and imprisoned. He was assassinated in 1825. He is now chiefly remembered for his admirable prose style.