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Dictionnaire Amoureux du vin (Plon, 2006)

Bernard PIVOT
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Bernard Pivot (born 5 May 1935) is a journalist, interviewer and host of French cultural television programmes. He is a member of the Académie Goncourt.
Pivot was born in Lyon, the son of grocers. During World War II his father, Charles Pivot, was taken prisoner and his mother moved to the family home to the village of Quincié-en-Beaujolais, where Bernard Pivot started school.
After starting studies in law in Lyon, Pivot entered the CFJ (Centre de formation des journalistes) in Paris, where he met his future wife, Monique. He graduated second in his class.
After an internship at "Le progrès" in Lyon, he studied economic journalism for a full year, then joined the Figaro littéraire in 1958. In 1970 he hosted a daily humorous radio programme that often raised political issues, which was not appreciated by Georges Pompidou. In 1971 the Figaro littéraire closed and Pivot joined Le Figaro. He left, however, in 1974 after a disagreement with Jean d’Ormesson. Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber invited him to start a new project, which led to the creation of a new magazine, Lire, a year later.
Meanwhile, in April 1973 he had started hosting a programme called Ouvrez les Guillemets on France’s first TV network. In 1974, the ORTF was dissolved and Pivot started his Apostrophes programme. Apostrophes was first broadcast on Antenne 2 on January 10, 1975, and ran until 1990. Pivot then created Bouillon de culture, whose scope he tried to broaden beyond books. He eventually came back to books, however.

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Bibliography :

  • Dictionnaire Amoureux du vin (Plon, 2006)
  • Toute la grammaire (Albin Michel, 2005 – collectif)
  • Toute l’orthographe (Albin Michel, 2005 – collectif)
  • Toute la conjugaison (Albin Michel, 2005 – collectif)
  • Étonnantes Étymologies (Albin Michel, 2004 – avec Jean-Pierre Colignon)
  • Le monde du vin a-t-il perdu la raison ? (Editions du Rouergue, 2004 – avec Guy Renvoisé)
  • 100 mots à sauver (Hachette, 2004)
  • Evitez le franglais, parlez français (Albin Michel, 2004 – avec Yves Laroche-Claire)
  • Accordez vos participes (Albin Michel, 2004)
  • Devenez champion en orthographe : Les annales des Dicos d’or de Bernard Pivot (Albin Michel, 2003 – collectif)
  • Testez votre français (Albin Michel, 2003 – collectif)
  • Orthographe : Trucs et astuces (Albin Michel, 2003 – avec Jean-Pierre Colignon)
  • Les Dictées de Bernard Pivot (Albin Michel, 2002)
  • Jeux, pièges et casse-tête de la langue française (Albin Michel, 2002 - collectif)
  • Ecrire, lire et en parler (Robert Laffont, 1999 – avec Pierre Boncenne)
  • Remontrance a la ménagère de moins de 50 ans (Omnibus, 1999)
  • Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Livre + CD audio – Gallimard jeunesse, 1997 – Bernard Pivot narrateur)
  • Le métier de lire (Gallimard, 1990, 2001 – avec Pierre Norat)
  • Le Football en vert (France loisirs, 1981)
  • Les critiques littéraires - Le procès des juges (Flammarion, 1968)
  • La vie oh là là (Grasset, 1966)
  • L’Amour en vogue (Calmann-Lévy, 1959)

A brief summary of Dictionnaire Amoureux du vin :

Everything in this boook, from Pivot talking about the days of yore when editors drank as much as they wrote ; or about Mostesquieu and Lamartine, both of whom were vineyard owners and winemakers ; or describing the merits of Romanée Conti or château Chasse-spleen ; to taking the reader down into the cellar or on a wine tasting expedition, shows the pleasure and cheerfulness the writer experiences in the company of people. This dictionnary about the love of wine is a dictionnary about the love of life.