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  • Selected Letters, Orations, and Rhetorical Dialoguesby Madeleine de Scudery; Jane Donawerth; Julie Strongson

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 30.00

    Madeleine de Scudéry (1607-1701) was the most popular novelist in her time, read in French in volume installments all over Europe and translated into English, German, Italian, and even Arabic. But she was also a charismatic figure in French salon culture, a woman who supported herself through her writing and defended women's education. She was the... more...

  • Selected Poems and Translationsby Madeleine de l'Aubespine; Anna Klosowska

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 22.50

    Madeleine de l’Aubespine (1546–1596), the toast of courtly and literary circles in sixteenth-century Paris, penned beautiful love poems to famous women of her day. The well-connected daughter and wife of prominent French secretaries of state, l’Aubespine was celebrated by her male peers for her erotic lyricism and scathingly original voice. Rather... more...

  • Spiritual Sonnetsby Gabrielle de Coignard; Melanie E. Gregg

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 25.00

    Born into a wealthy family in Toulouse, Gabrielle de Coignard (ca. 1550-86) married a prominent statesman in 1570. Widowed three years later, with two young daughters to raise, Coignard turned to writing devotional verse to help her cope with her practical and spiritual struggles. Spiritual Sonnets presents the first English translation of 129... more...

  • Zaydeby Marie-Madeleine Lafayette; Nicholas D. Paige

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 20.00

    Standing at the critical juncture between traditional romance and early novelistic realism, Zayde is both the swan song of a literary tradition nearly two thousand years old and a harbinger of the modern psychological novel. Zayde unfolds during the long medieval struggle between Christians and Muslims for control of the Iberian Peninsula;... more...

  • Collected Maxims and Other Reflectionsby Fran^cois de La Rochefoucauld; E.H. Blackmore; A.M. Blackmore; Francine Giguère

    OUP Oxford 2007; US$ 8.99

    This is the fullest collection of La Rochefoucauld's writings ever published in English, and includes the first complete translation of the Miscellaneous Reflections. A table of alternative maxim numbers and an index of topics help the reader to locate any maxim quickly. more...

  • Selected Writingsby Marguerite de Navarre; Rouben Cholakian; Mary Skemp

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 34.00

    Marguerite de Navarre (1492–1549) was the sister and wife to kings and a pivotal influence in sixteenth-century France. An astute politician and diligent humanist, she was a champion of gender equality and the evangelical reform movement, which recognized that the clergy was more concerned with maintaining the church’s power than ministering to the... more...

  • Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writingsby Emilie Du Châtelet; Judith P. Zinsser; Isabelle Bour; Judith P. Zinsser; Judith P. Zinsser

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 30.00

    Though most historians remember her as the mistress of Voltaire, Emilie Du Châtelet (1706–49) was an accomplished writer in her own right, who published multiple editions of her scientific writings during her lifetime, as well as a translation of Newton’s Principia Mathematica that is still the standard edition of that work in French. Had she... more...

  • Image and Imaginationby Sandra Malicote

    UPA 2009; US$ 37.99

    This interdisciplinary study of word and image in the Old French chanson de geste examines the relationship between illumination and epic narrative constructed by the medieval understanding of the imagination. The study focuses on the epic cycle 'the geste of Saint Gille,' including Aiol and Elie de Saint Gille. more...

  • Voltaire and the Theatre of the Eighteenth Centuryby Marvin Carlson

    ABC-CLIO 1998; US$ 122.00

    Born in the final years of the seventeenth century, and dying a decade before the beginning of the French Revolution, Voltaire was a quintessential figure of the eighteenth century, so much so that this era is sometimes called the Age of Voltaire. At a time when French culture dominated Europe, Voltaire dominated French culture. His influence was... more...

  • The MoliËre Encyclopediaby James Gaines

    ABC-CLIO 2002; US$ 75.00

    Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, the French playwright Moli^D`ere became one of the most influential dramatists of the 17th century. His comedies shaped the development of theater in Europe, inspired his contemporaries in England, and left a lasting dramatic legacy after his death in 1673. Moli^D`re has also inspired a vast body of scholarship,... more...