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Germaine de Stael and Benjamin Constant: A Dual Biography

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When they first met in 1794, shortly after the Reign of Terror, Germaine de Staël and Benjamin Constant were both in their twenties, both married, and both outsiders. She was already celebrated and a published writer, whereas he, though ambitious, was unknown. This compelling dual biography tells the extraordinary story of their union and disunion, set against a European background of momentous events and dramatic social and cultural change. Renee Winegarten offers new perspectives on each of the protagonists, revealing their rare qualities and their all-too-human failings as well as the complex nature of their debt to one another.

 

Their passionate and productive relationship endured on and off for seventeen years. Winegarten traces their story largely through their own words—letters and autobiographical writings—and illuminates the deep intellectual and visceral bond they shared despite disparate personalities and gifts. Exploring their relationships with Napoleon and the Bourbons, their different responses to the momentous upheavals of postrevolutionary France, their support of individual liberty with order, and more, the book concludes with an appreciation of de Staëls and Constants singular contributions to a new literature and to the history of liberty.

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The poet Sappho, the composer Hildegarde von Bingen, the painter Artemisia Gentileschi, the novelist Marie Madeleine de La Fayette, the professional author Aphra Behn — these are just a few of the earliest women of artistic genius and achievement. In some fashion, they each found ways to realize themselves as creative spirits, despite societies that would have happily relegated them to the long-established... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Renee Winegarten is a writer and literary critic who publishes frequently on French literature and civilization. She is the author of six previous books, including The Double Life of George Sand: Woman and Writer, and Accursed Politics: Some French Women Writers and Political Life, 1715-1850. She lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300119251
Author:
Winegarten, Renee
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Women authors, French
Subject:
Authors, french
Subject:
Sta'el
Subject:
Women authors, French -- 19th century.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Philosophers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w illus.
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 in 1.2 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » Philosophers
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Europe » France » Napoleon
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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