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Germaine de Staël: A Political Portrait

Biancamaria Fontana


Germaine de Staël (1766–1817) is perhaps best known today as a novelist, literary critic, and outspoken and independent thinker. Yet she was also a prominent figure in politics during the French Revolution. This book sheds new light on this often overlooked aspect of Staël's life and work, bringing vividly to life her unique experience as a political actor in a world where women had no place. The banker's daughter who became one of Europe's best-connected intellectuals, Staël was an exceptionally talented woman who achieved a degree of public influence to which not even her wealth and privileg ... More

Keywords: Germaine de Staël, novelist, literary critic, French Revolution, power, public opinion, political regime, public trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691169040
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Biancamaria Fontana, author
IEPHI, University of Lausanne