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Germaine de Staël & Benjamin Constant : a dual biography

Author: Renee Winegarten
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When they first met in 1794, shortly after the Reign of Terror, Germaine de Stael and Benjamin Constant were both in their twenties, both married, and both outsiders. She was already celebrated and a published writer, whereas he, though ambitious, was unknown. This dual biography tells the story of their union and disunion, set against a European background of momentous events and dramatic social and cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Staël, Madame de; Benjamin Constant; Benjamin / 1767-1830 Constant; Staël / Madame de / (Anne-Louise-Germaine) / 1766-1817.; Benjamin Constant; Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein; Anne Louise Germaine de Staël; Benjamin Constant; Germaine de Staël; Benjamin Constant de Rebecque; Benjamin Constant de Rebecque; Benjamin Constant, (Schriftsteller); Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein; Benjamin Constant; Staël, Madame de
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Renee Winegarten
ISBN: 9780300119251 0300119259
OCLC Number: 179832112
Description: 343 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A chance encounter --
Prodigies --
A bold throw --
Enter the hero --
A new order --
Journey into the unknown --
Corinne and Adolphe --
The flight to freedom --
Reunion in Paris--and after --
The death of Corinne.
Other Titles: Germaine de Staël and Benjamin Constant
Responsibility: Renee Winegarten.

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When they first met in 1794, shortly after the Reign of Terror, Germaine de Stael and Benjamin Constant were both in their twenties, both married, and both outsiders. This dual biography tells the  Read more...

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