Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siécle Paris

By Weber, Caroline

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9780307961785 9780307961792
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Starred Review on August 3, 2018  |  NONFICTION

Three women venerated by French novelist Marcel Proust (1871–1922)—Laure de Sade, Comtesse de Adhéaume de Chevigné; Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, Comtesse Greffulhe; and Geneviève Halévy Bizet Straus—served as the basis for In Search of Lost Time's Duchesse de Guermantes character. Weber (French, comparative literature, Barnard Coll.; Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution) notes that past scholarship has ignored these women as media stars of their era before Proust immortaliz...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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