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La dame d'esprit : a biography of the Marquise Du Châtelet

Author: Judith P Zinsser
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2006.
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The only woman of the Enlightenment to be recognized for her genius, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil was born to the highest circles of the French aristocracy, married a marquis at the age of eighteen, and indulged in all the pleasures of her class. Then, at 27, defying convention, she became the mistress of Voltaire, embarking on an extraordinary and transformative intellectual journey as his patroness,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zinsser, Judith P.
Dame d'esprit.
New York : Viking, ©2006
(OCoLC)605511957
Online version:
Zinsser, Judith P.
Dame d'esprit.
New York : Viking, ©2006
(OCoLC)608164178
Named Person: Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil Du Châtelet, marquise; Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil Du Châtelet, marquise
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith P Zinsser
ISBN: 0670038008 9780670038008
OCLC Number: 65978725
Description: viii, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: 1749 1 --
Part I December 1706-June 1735 --
Part II July 1735-March 1741 --
Part III April 1741-September 1749 --
Epilogue: 2006 286.
Responsibility: Judith P. Zinsser.
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The only woman of the Enlightenment to be recognized for her genius, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil was born to the highest circles of the French aristocracy, married a marquis at the age of eighteen, and indulged in all the pleasures of her class. Then, at 27, defying convention, she became the mistress of Voltaire, embarking on an extraordinary and transformative intellectual journey as his patroness, lover and companion. Historian Zinsser explores how she transformed herself from courtier, wife, and mother into one of the leading intellects of the French Enlightenment, an accomplished mathematician, physicist, translator, and author of original works of philosophy and science. At the end of her life, pregnant by a young new lover, she raced to complete her translation and commentary on Newton's Principia. By bringing this singular woman to life with style and wit, Zinsser at last gives this revolutionary her due.--From publisher description.

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