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Marie de Sévigné, who lived and wrote in seventeenth-century France, is widely regarded as one of the world's great letter-writers. The standard scholarly edition contains 1,372 letters.
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5 February 1626 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal (later MS) was born in Paris. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 March 1648 MS wrote the first of her extant letters: to her most famous cousin, the writer of romans à clef who is generally known as Bussy-Rabutin. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
6 April 1696 Eleven days before her death, MS wrote the last of her extant letters: to her cousin Madame de Coulanges. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 April 1696 MS died at Grignan in Brittany. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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