Michel Picard (born 15 August 1931 in "Nancy) is a French professor, writer and literary critic.
A novelist, essayist, academic, Michel Picard published at a very young age (under pseudonym) two novels at "Gallimard and collaborated regularly with the "Nouvelle Revue française. He was born in Nancy, where he studied and taught, first at the École Normale d'Institutrices, then at the Faculty of Letters. "Agrégé de Lettres, he supported in January 1971 at the Sorbonne a Doctorate thesis which aroused interest and controversy, both for the chosen work, that of "Roger Vailland, and for the method adopted.
Hence a defense account in "Le Monde, the rapid publication of the thesis, one or two violent attacks and several complimentary articles (including two pages by "Étiemble in Le Nouvel Observateur). Elected a professor the same year at the "University of Reims, he spent thirteen years as director of the Department of French. In 1986, he published La lecture comme jeu ("Reading as a Game") and then, in 1989, Lire le temps ("Reading Time"), an essay in which he analyzed literature not as an object (library, volume or "text"), but as an "Activity"- this being not writing but reading, some sort of reading, fully definable as a game. In 2002, La Tentation will extend the thesis to art in general, starting from the famous engraving of "Jacques Callot. However, joining practice to theory, he pursued his work as novelist and published four novels in recent years, one of which, notably, "Matantemma", attracted the attention of the critics and obtained the "Feuille d'or de la ville de Nancy prize.