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Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny

16-volume critical edition near completion!

‘The Correspondance is a major contribution to knowledge, offering a rich mine of detailed information on the literary, social and intellectual life of the period and adding to our understanding of a woman writer and salonnière of considerable talent and sharp powers of observation.’
(Cecil Courtney, University of Cambridge)

Portrait of Mme de Graffigny
  • Pioneering writer and salon hostess of the Enlightenment, famous across Europe for her groundbreaking novel Lettres d’une Péruvienne (1747) and play Cénie (1750)
  • Definitive edition of 2,500 letters, printed in full, richly annotated and widely recognized as a model of impeccable editing

Published 1985-2013: Volumes 1-14, 1716-1755, Letters 1-2303.

Forthcoming: Volume 15, ISBN 978-0-7294-0969-8, 1756-1759, Letters 2304-2518, c.500 pages, 20 ills; Volume 16, Index, addenda and corrigenda.

Blog: Mme de Graffigny and her tell-all Correspondance   Françoise de Graffigny: her life and works, English Showalter   Related books and articles on Mme de Graffigny (pdf*)

Key books from the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series

Front cover of SVEC volume   Front cover of SVEC volume   Front cover of SVEC volume
The Enlightenment of age: women, letters and growing old in eighteenth-century France   Wife-abuse in eighteenth-century France   Le Discours pédagogique féminin au temps des Lumières
Joan Hinde Stewart   Mary Trouille   Sonia Cherrad
September 2010,
ISBN 978-0-7294-1001-5,
268 pages, 10 ills
  January 2009,
ISBN 978-0-7294-0955-1,
377 pages, 12 ills
  January 2015,
ISBN 978-0-7294-1159-2,
312 pages

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