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About the Author: Germaine de Staël-Holstein

Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein (22 April 1766 – 14 July 1817), commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French woman of letters of Swiss origin whose lifetime overlapped with the events of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. She was one of Napoleon's principal opponents. Celebrated for her conversational eloquence, she participated actively in the political and intellectual life of her times. Her works, both critical and fictional, made their mark on the history of European Romanticism.

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, Published in Jan 1970 by Nabu Press

ISBN10: 1147592004 | ISBN13: 9781147592009

Germaine de Stael (1766-1817) was one of the most important women of letters of her own or any time. This translation of her best-known novel, "Corinne" (1807), is the first English translation in nearly a hundred years and restores its reputation in the mainstream of literary history. The volume includes an introduction by Avriel Goldberger, as well as explanatory notes and a chronology.
"Corinne, or Italy" is a tragic tale of love between an Italian woman of genius and an English lord. It is concerned with such themes as the right to free love, the capacity of women for genius, the glorification of Italy and its art and architecture, the celebration of freedom, and the relationships among climate, geopgraphy, political institutions, and art. It is full of such romantic themes as dark women vs fair ladies, tainted versus pure lives, genius versus domestic virtues.

"Corinne" stands at the center of nascent Romanticism and virtually bursts free of its neoclassical trappings to express these themes. It was written at a transitional point in the development of the French novel, and has greatly influenced the genre not only in France, but also in England and the United States.

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