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Anne-Thérèse de Lambert

(1647—1733)

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Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

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(1657–1757)

French man of letters, polymath and philosopher. Educated by Jesuits, he settled in Paris, where from 1699 he was permanent secretary of the Academy of Sciences, and as...

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Claudine-Alexandrine Guérin Tencin, marquise de

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(1681–1749).

For decades this sometime nun was notorious for her sexual indiscretions, often documented (d'Alembert was the illegitimate son of her affair with a Chevalier...

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Honnêteté

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The French tradition of courtly behaviour was renewed in the Renaissance period under the influence of Castiglione and Italian politeness [see Courtoisie]. By the 17th c. the word courtoisienull...

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La Vie de Marianne

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Memoir‐novel by Marivaux, published in instalments between 1731 and 1742. It is unfinished, though there were some apocryphal endings, and Madame Riccoboni wrote a continuation imitating...

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Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux

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(1688–1763),

French dramatist, the dialogue of whose plays is characterized by a peculiarly paradoxical and sensitive style later known as marivaudage, first contemptuously, then...

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preciosity

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A cult of refined language and manners that established itself in French high society of the mid-17th century, led by the salon of Catherine de Vivonne, Marquise de Rambouillet from about...

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salon

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A French cultural institution consisting of a weekly social gathering at the private house of an aristocratic lady, at which social, artistic, and scientific questions are discussed. From...

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