Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de StaŽl

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Grove Press, 2002 - 500 pagina's
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J. Christopher Herold vigorously tells the story of the fierce Madame de Stael, revealing her courageous opposition to Napoleon, her whirlwind affairs with the great intellectuals of her day, and her idealistic rebellion against all that was cynical, tyrannical, and passionless. Germaine de Stael's father was Jacques Necker, the finance minister to Louis XVI, and her mother ran an influential literary-political salon in Paris. Always precocious, at nineteen Germaine married the Swedish ambassador to France, Eric Magnus Baron de Stael-Holstein, and in 1785 took over her mother's salon with great success. Germaine and de Stael lived most of their married life apart. She had many brilliant lovers. Talleyrand was the first, Narbonne, the minister of war, another; Benjamin Constant was her most significant and long-lasting one. She published several political and literary essays, including "A Treatise on the Influence of the Passions upon the Happiness of Individuals and of Nations," which became one of the most important documents of European Romanticism. Her bold philosophical ideas, particularly those in "On Literature," caused feverish commotion in France and were quickly noticed by Napoleon, who saw her salon as a rallying point for the opposition. He eventually exiled her from France. This winner of the 1959 National Book Award is "excellent ... detailed, full of color, movement, great names, and lively incident" -- The New York Times "Mr. Herold's full-bodied biography is clear-eyed, intelligent, and written with abundant wit and zest." -- The Atlantic Monthly
 

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Grove expands its "Great Lives" series with these top-shelf biographies. Arvin's portrait of Melville snagged a National Book Award (NBA) in 1950 and is still a leading title on the sailor turned ... Volledige review lezen

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The Romance of Suzanne Curchod
10
Madame Neckers Drawing Room
22
The Trinity and the Triangle
32
Marriage and Emancipation
57
Revolution and Intoxication
79
Love and Politics
92
The Heartbreak and the Terror
119
Weimar Berlin and Fate
256
The Isle of Calypso
277
Corinne and Adolphe
305
Farce Tragedy and Histrionics
345
The Sword Beats the Spirit
385
Caliban
405
Defeat in Victory
420
Not the Port but the Grave
449

Benjamin
136
This Miserable Gypsy Life
152
Ideology
191
The Ideophobe Defied
216
Epilogue
473
Bibliographic Essay
477
Index
487
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J. Christopher Herold (1919-1964) was an editor at Columbia University Press and Stanford University Press as well as the author of numerous books.

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