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New Reflections on Women by the Marchioness de Lambert

A New Translation and Introduction


Ellen McNiven Hine

Mme de Lambert (1674-1733) opened her salon, which was frequented by many of the leading intellectuals of the day, such as Fontenelle, Mairan and Montesquieu, in Paris in 1710. Although by upbringing and temperament a product of the seventeenth century, she was a key player in the continuing debate on «the woman question» in the early Enlightenment. This study, which includes the first translation into English since 1729 of New Reflections on Women, focuses on her constant preoccupation with the nature and condition of women, on her indignation at their lack of education, and on her resentment at the injustice of society's expectations and demands.