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Selected Letters

by Madame De Sevigne
Translated by Leonard Tancock
Introduction by Leonard Tancock

Penguin Publishing Group | December 16, 1982 | Trade Paperback

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One of the world''s greatest correspondents, Madame de Sévigné (1626-96) paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of France at the time of Louis XIV, in eloquent letters written throughout her life to family and friends. A significant figure in French society and literary circles, whose close friends included Madame de La Fayette and La Rochefoucauld, she reflected on both significant historical events and personal issues, and in this selection of the most significant letters, spanning almost fifty years, she is by turns humorous and melancholic, profound and superficial. Whether describing the new plays of Racine and Molière, speculating on court scandals - including the intrigues of the King''s mistresses - or relating her own family concerns, Madame de Sévigné provides throughout an intriguing portrait of the lost age of Le Roi Soleil.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.79 × 5.07 × 0.58 in

Published: December 16, 1982

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014044405X

ISBN - 13: 9780140444056

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Selected Letters

by Madame De Sevigne
Translated by Leonard Tancock
Introduction by Leonard Tancock

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.79 × 5.07 × 0.58 in

Published: December 16, 1982

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014044405X

ISBN - 13: 9780140444056

From the Publisher

One of the world''s greatest correspondents, Madame de Sévigné (1626-96) paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of France at the time of Louis XIV, in eloquent letters written throughout her life to family and friends. A significant figure in French society and literary circles, whose close friends included Madame de La Fayette and La Rochefoucauld, she reflected on both significant historical events and personal issues, and in this selection of the most significant letters, spanning almost fifty years, she is by turns humorous and melancholic, profound and superficial. Whether describing the new plays of Racine and Molière, speculating on court scandals - including the intrigues of the King''s mistresses - or relating her own family concerns, Madame de Sévigné provides throughout an intriguing portrait of the lost age of Le Roi Soleil.

From the Jacket

One of the world''s great letter writers, Madame de Sevigne (1626-96) has bequeathed an extraordinarily vivid picture of life in the France of Louis XIV.

About the Author

Madame de Sévigné (1626-1696). Widowed at 26, Sevigne spent most of her time in Paris, where she became a popular member of the salons and the court, considered as a especially witty conversationalist. In early 1671, Francoise and her infant daughter left for Provence, and the letters that would make up the largest bulk of Sevigne''s correspondence (68% of her extant letters) began. Francoise Sevigne wrote to her daughter whenever they were apart---at least weekly, sometimes more frequently---giving her court news (valuable to the Grignans, far from the center of power), Parisian gossip, advice (usually unwanted), and always expressions of her love.

From Our Editors

Madame de Sevigne, one of the world’s best letter writers, paints a vibrant portrait of life in Louis XIV’s France. French society and literary circle figure, Madame de Sevigne was friends with Madame de la Fayette and La Rochefoucauld, went to Corneille’s, Racine’s and Moliere’s plays, vigilantly watched court scandal and King’s mistresses’ intrigues, and traced political events. Selected Letters features these topics and many others including people, places, conversations, personal and family concerns. Filled with lively humour and vivid description, these letters comprise an engaging memoir of her life and times.