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Madame Du Deffand and her world

Author: Benedetta Craveri; Teresa Waugh
Publisher: Boston : D.R. Godine, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Madame du Deffand (1696-1780) was a minor French aristocrat who, bored by her marriage, threw herself into scandalous relationships with leading noblemen, including the French Regent. She later re-invented herself as a highly successful salonniere, her salon being frequented by leading thinkers of the day. She also maintained very witty, perceptive correspondences with Voltaire (whose letters back are full  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Marie de Vichy Chamrond Du Deffand, marquise
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benedetta Craveri; Teresa Waugh
ISBN: 1567920012 9781567920017
OCLC Number: 31010708
Language Note: Translated from the Italian and the French.
Description: 481 p. : ill. : 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Youth ---
2. Friendship without romance: the President Hénault ---
3. Sceaux ---
4. Madame Du Deffandʹs "Salon" ---
5. Illness ---
6. The return to Champrond ---
7. Paris gain ---
8. Madame Du Deffand and Julie de Lespinasse at Saint-Joseph ---
9. Friendhip with Voltaire ---
10. The romance: Horace and Walpole ---
11. Old age.
Other Titles: Madame Du Deffand e il suo mondo.
Responsibility: Benedetta Craveri ; translated from the Italian and the French by Teresa Waugh.

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Madame du Deffand (1696-1780) was a minor French aristocrat who, bored by her marriage, threw herself into scandalous relationships with leading noblemen, including the French Regent. She later re-invented herself as a highly successful salonniere, her salon being frequented by leading thinkers of the day. She also maintained very witty, perceptive correspondences with Voltaire (whose letters back are full expositions of his philosophy) and later with Horace Walpole with whom she fell deeply in love, much to his shock. -- from http://www.amazon.com (Jan. 23, 2014).

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