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Selected Writings of Madame de Villedieu

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Nancy D. Klein

Marie-Catherine Desjardins de Villedieu, a well known and popular author in seventeenth-century France, played a prominent role on the literary scene during the reign of Louis XIV. Klein's book offers a rich selection of Mme de Villedieu's poetry, theater, and innovative narratives that were highly acclaimed by her contemporaries, and widely read for several centuries. An excellent introduction by Klein gives important historical and critical contexts for Villedieu's writings. This book provides the opportunity to read in modern French the writings of an illustrious woman author who is an imporant literary figure.