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Selected Letters, Orations, and Rhetorical Dialogues

Madeleine de Scudery


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 first woman to be honored by the French Academy, and she earned a pension from Louis XIV for her writing. This book is a careful selection of Scudéry's shorter writings, emphasizing her abilities as a rhetorical theorist, orator, essayist, and letter ... More

Keywords: Madeleine de Scudéry, French salon culture, women's education, French Academy, Louis XIV, rhetorical theorist, orator, essayist, letter writer, Amorous Letters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226144030
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226144122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madeleine de Scudery, author