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 with fictional adventures.