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Madame du Deffand and her world - Benedetta Craveri

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Title
Madame du Deffand and her world
Author
Benedetta Craveri
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Halban
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20021003

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.

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A professor of French Literature at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy, Benedetta Craveri was born
in Rome and now lives partly in Brussels.
(Her husband is a French amabassador to NATO).
A frequent contributor to the NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Women authors, French - 18th century - Biography.|Authors, French - 18th century - Biography.|France - Court and courtiers - History - 18th century.|France - Social life and customs - 18th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
488

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