[PW] ? Origin of "Epater le Bourgeois" (Quotation Query #738)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at yale.edu
Tue Feb 16 07:53:29 PST 2016

The expression "épater le bourgeois" or "épater la bourgeoisie" is vaguely attributed to Baudelaire and other 19th-century French literary figures.  Can anyone find concrete examples of early usage or early attribution of this phrase?

Fred Shapiro

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