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Germaine de StaëlA Political Portrait$
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Biancamaria Fontana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169040

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169040.001.0001

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Addressing William Pitt (1794)

Addressing William Pitt (1794)

(p.84) Chapter 4 Addressing William Pitt (1794)
Germaine de Staël

Biancamaria Fontana

Princeton University Press

This chapter demonstrates how, for Staël, the anticipation of a new state of affairs in Paris was not just a matter of general interest but carried immediate consequences for her own future plans and prospects. During her exile she had occasionally imagined herself beginning a new life elsewhere: in England with Narbonne; in Germany or Denmark with her new lover, Adolphe Ribbing; or even in America, where Necker had acquired some landed property. However, her real ambitions remained firmly focused upon the chances of returning to Paris and to the heart of French politics. Characteristically, while it was far from clear on what terms this return might be possible, she anticipated events, making a symbolic comeback with the timely publication of a provocative work.

Keywords:   Germaine de Staël, Paris, state of affairs, Narbonne, Adolphe Ribbing, Necker, French politics

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