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An edition of La dame d'esprit (2006)

La dame d'esprit

a biography of the Marquise Du Châtelet

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This edition published in by Viking in New York.

Written in English

376 pages

The only woman of the Enlightenment to be recognized for her genius, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil was born to the highest circles of the French aristocracy, married a marquis at the age of eighteen, and indulged in all the pleasures of her class. Then, at 27, defying convention, she became the mistress of Voltaire, embarking on an extraordinary and transformative intellectual journey as his patroness, lover and companion. Historian Zinsser explores how she transformed herself from courtier, wife, and mother into one of the leading intellects of the French Enlightenment, an accomplished mathematician, physicist, translator, and author of original works of philosophy and science. At the end of her life, pregnant by a young new lover, she raced to complete her translation and commentary on Newton's Principia. By bringing this singular woman to life with style and wit, Zinsser at last gives this revolutionary her due.--From publisher description

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Work Description

The scintillating life of the most brilliant woman of the French Enlightenment, the lover of Voltaire and translator of NewtonGabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil was born to the highest circles of the French aristocracy, married a marquis at the age of eighteen, and indulged in all the pleasures of her class. Then at twenty-seven, defying convention, she became the mistress of poet and playwright Voltaire, embarking on an extraordinary and transformative intellectual journey as his patroness, his lover, and his companion. In this sparkling life, Judith P. Zinsser vividly explores how the Marquise Du Chatelet transformed herself from courtier, wife, and mother into one of the leading intellects of the French Enlightenment.Freed by her wealth and status to pursue a life of the mind, Du Chatelet developed swiftly into an accomplished mathematician, physicist, translator, and author of original works of philosophy and science. At the end of her life, pregnant by a young new lover, she raced to complete her translation and commentary on Newton's Principia. The only woman of the Enlightenment to be recognized for her genius, Du Chatelet was centuries ahead of her time. By bringing this singular woman to life with style and wit, Zinsser at last gives this revolutionary her due.

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Library of Congress PQ1981.D55 Z98 2006

Edition Description

The only woman of the Enlightenment to be recognized for her genius, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil was born to the highest circles of the French aristocracy, married a marquis at the age of eighteen, and indulged in all the pleasures of her class. Then, at 27, defying convention, she became the mistress of Voltaire, embarking on an extraordinary and transformative intellectual journey as his patroness, lover and companion. Historian Zinsser explores how she transformed herself from courtier, wife, and mother into one of the leading intellects of the French Enlightenment, an accomplished mathematician, physicist, translator, and author of original works of philosophy and science. At the end of her life, pregnant by a young new lover, she raced to complete her translation and commentary on Newton's Principia. By bringing this singular woman to life with style and wit, Zinsser at last gives this revolutionary her due.--From publisher description

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [352]-365) and index

Genre
Biography

Classifications

Library of Congress
PQ1981.D55 Z98 2006

The Physical Object

Pagination
viii, 376 p., [16] p. of plates :
Number of pages
376

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL17208225M
Internet Archive
ladamedespritbio00zins
ISBN 10
0670038008
ISBN 13
9780670038008
LC Control Number
2006046125
Library Thing
7594024
Goodreads
222898

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