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Memoirs of the Life of Henriette-Sylvie De Molière : A Novel

Madame de Villedieu


Known as Madame de Villedieu, Marie-Catherine Desjardins (ca. 1640–1683) was a prolific writer who played an important role in the evolution of the early modern French novel. One of the earliest women to write for a living, she defied cultural convention by becoming an innovator and appealing to popular tastes through fiction, drama, and poetry. This book, a semi-autobiographical novel, portrays an enterprising woman who writes the story of her life, a complex tale that runs counter to social expectations and novelistic conventions. The story skillfully mixes real events from the author's life ... More

Keywords: Madame de Villedieu, Marie-Catherine Desjardins, French novel, cultural convention, social expectations, novelistic conventions, writer, early modern novel, innovator, popular tastes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226144191
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226144214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madame de Villedieu, author