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Ridiculed for her Saturday salon, her long romance novels, and her protofeminist ideas, Madeleine de Scudery (1607-1701) has not been treated kindly by the literary establishment. Yet her multivolume novels were popular best-sellers in her time, translated almost immediately into English, German, Italian, Spanish and even Arabic. "The Story of Sapho" makes available for the first time in modern English a self-contained section from Scudery's novel "Artamene ou le Grand Cyrus", best known today as the favoured reading material of the would-be "salonnieres" that Moliere satirized in "Les precieuses ridicules". The "Story" tells of Sapho, a woman writer modeled on the Greek Sappho, who deems marriage slavery. Interspersed in the love story of Sapho and Phaon are a series of conversations, like those that took place in Scudery's own salon, in which Sapho and her circle discuss the nature of love, the education of women, writing and right conduct. This edition also includes a translation of an oration, or "harangue" of Scudery's in which Sapho extols the talents and abilities of women in order to persuade them to write.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226143996
ISBN-10: 0226143996
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 154mm x 11mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Madeleine de Scudery

Madeleine de Scudery (1607-1701) was the most popular novelist in her time, read in French in volume installments all over Europe and translated into English, German, Italian, and even Arabic. But she was also a charismatic figure in French salon culture, a woman who supported herself through her writing and defended women's education. She was the first woman to be honored by the French Academy, and she earned a pension from Louis XIV for her writing."" Karen Newman is the University Professor and professor of comparative literature and English at Brown University. She is the author of three books, including "Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama," published by the University of Chicago Press, and coeditor of "Time and the Literary: Essays from the English Institute.""

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