Corinne; Or, Italy
By Madame De Staël (Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein)
Translated by Isabel Hill
with Metrical Versions of the Odes by L. E. Landon
Publisher: S. W. Green's Son, New York
This book is in good condition. Hardcover. This is an antiquarian book that has had a long and illustrious journey through time. Please take a look at the pictures to ascertain the condition and state of this book. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Orange cloth boards with elaborate titles in gilt. Boards are worn along edges and corners. Hinges tight. Binding sturdy. Floral endpapers. The text block is crisp and clean with some age toning. 302 pages -
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Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein, commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French woman of letters and political theorist, the daughter of a banker and French finance minister Jacques Necker and Suzanne Curchod, a leading salonnière. She was a voice of moderation in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era up to the French Restoration. She was present at the Estates General of 1789 and at the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Her intellectual collaboration with Benjamin Constant between 1794 and 1810 made them one of the most celebrated intellectual couples of their time. She discovered sooner than others the tyrannical character and designs of Napoleon. For many years she lived as an exile - firstly during the Reign of Terror and later due to personal persecution by Napoleon.
Known as a witty and brilliant conversationalist, and often dressed in daring outfits, she stimulated the political and intellectual life of her times. Her works, whether novels travel literature, or polemics, emphasized individuality and passion and made a lasting mark on European thought. De Staël spread the notion of Romanticism widely through its repeated use.
Corinne, or Italy, is both the story of a love affair between Oswald, Lord Nelvil, and a beautiful poetess as well as an homage to the landscape, literature, and art of Italy. Stael, the subject of recent feminist rediscovery, weaves discreet political allusion into her romance, and upon its publication, Napoleon renewed her order of exile. An extraordinary work of European Romanticism for its historical and political context.
Item Dimensions: 6.75 inches x 5.5 inches