Joubert, Joseph (1754-1824), one of the greatest French writers of his day, was a native of Montignac, Perigord. He lived some time at Paris and enjoyed the friendship of Fontanes, La Harpe, and Marmontel, as well as that of Diderot and D'Alembert. After some years of retirement he again came to Paris, and was the most brilliant figure in the salon of Madame de Beaumont. By means of Fontanes he became Inspector-General of the University of Paris. Extracts from his manuscripts were published by Chateaubriand under the title of Pensees, and they were republished in more extended form by Raynal between 1842 and 1849. Sainte-Beuve considered him one of the greatest of French moralists.