Renee Winegarten probes intriguingly subtle equivocations revealed by six highly gifted fascinating French women writers who were deeply involved in the political life of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Ostensibly denied any public political role, they paid lip service to the conventional pieties and went their own way, ranging widely though the political specturm. "A literary triumph." Hilton Kramer.
Renee Winegarten has written widely on French literature, including Simone de Beauvoir: A Critical View; Madame de Stael; The Double Life of George Sand; and Writers and Revolution. She lives and writes in England.
Mrs. Wingarten, who has written widely about French literature and culture, delivers keen insights on the intellectual life of the times, integrating the world of literature and ideas into the political lives these women led. -- Carol Herman The Washington Times This engaging scholarly chronicle of the lives of these remarkable women is essential for all serious students of French literature and civilization. -- Bob T. Ivey Library Journal One of the most elegant and beguiling social historians now writing...full of colorful details and fascinating insights. -- Brooke Allen As portraiture, as criticism, and as an account of life and letters in France before and after the Revolution, this beautifully written book is itself a literary triumph. -- Hilton Kramer A genial survey of the lives and political influence of six women writers in France...a stimulating overview. Times Literary Supplement ...Offers vivid and informed portraits of these women and their world. H-France Review
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