Cover of: Madame Du Deffand and her world | Benedetta Craveri


  • Translator
    Teresa Waugh

About the Book

Biography of Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, Madame du Deffand.
Madame du Deffand, a popular and influential Parisian salon hostess, was widely respected for her keen wit and intellect, and she was a prolific correspondent with a number of notable thought & literary figures of her time. Her letters to people such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Fontenelle were published after her death by close friend Horace Walpole.
Author Benedetta Craveri, a professor of French literature, originally published the biography in Italian as "Madame du Deffand e il suo mondo" in 1982. She won awards for the work in Italy & France - this U.S. edition & English translation was published a little over a decade later in 1994.

Table of Contents

Chapter I Youth 3
Chapter II Friendship Without Romance: The Président Hénault 20
Chapter III Sceaux 34
Chapter IV Madame du Deffand's "Salon" 60
Chapter V Illness 99
Chapter VI The Return to Champround 108
Chapter VII Paris Again 140
Chapter VIII Madame du Deffand and Julie de Lespinasse at Saint-Joseph 158
Chapter IX Friendship with Voltaire 186
Chapter X The Romance: Horace Walpole 260
Chapter XI Old Age 337
Biographical Notice 393
Biographical Notes 395
Notes [Footnotes] 433

Edition Notes

Includes detailed bibliographical notes (pp. 395-432) with alphabetical listing and descriptions of the people and places mentioned in the book. Footnotes (pp. 433-495) are also detailed and provide some additional historic context.

Other Titles
Madame du Deffand e il suo mondo [Original Italian title]
Copyright Date
1982 (Original Italian edition), 1994 (First English translation & U.S. edition)


Dewey Decimal Class
848/.509, B
Library of Congress
PQ1981.D65 C713 1994

The Physical Object

481 p. :
Number of pages

ID Numbers

Open Library
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LC Control Number
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