FONTAN, LOUIS MARIE (1801-1839), French man of letters, was born at Lorient. He wrote a number of plays, of which Perkins Warbec (1828), written in collaboration with MM. Halevy and Drouineau, was the most successful. He was repeat edly in trouble with the authorities under the Restoration, and spent some time in prison before the revolution of 1830 brought him release. His Jeanne la folle, performed in the same year, gained a success due perhaps mainly to sympathy with the au thor's political principles. A drama representing the trial of Marshal Ney, written in collaboration with Charles Dupenty, Le Proces d'un marechal de France (printed 1831), was sup pressed on the night of its production. Fontan died in Paris on Oct. Io, 1839.
A sympathetic portrait of Fontan as a prisoner, and an analysis of his principal works, are to be found in Jules Janin's Histoire de la litterature dramatique, vol. i.