320 pages, 7.78 × 5.1 × 0.62 in
December 16, 1982
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 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.
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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.