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Apology for the Woman Writing and Other Works

Marie le Jars de Gournay


During her lifetime, the gifted writer Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565–1645) was celebrated as one of the “seventy most famous women of all time” in Jean de la Forge's Circle of Learned Women (1663). The adopted daughter of Michel de Montaigne, as well as his editor, she was a major literary force and a pioneering feminist voice during a tumultuous period in France. This volume presents translations of four of Gournay's works that address feminist issues. Two of these appear here in English for the first time: The Promenade of Monsieur de Montaigne and The Apology for the Woman Writing. One of ... More

Keywords: Michel de Montaigne, Marie Gournay, feminist, psychological novel, Promenade, female sexual feeling, moral conduct, household management, Equality of Men, Ladies' Complaint

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226305554
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226305264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie le Jars de Gournay, author