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Germaine de Staël is remembered primarily for her political activism and the salons she established following the French Revolution; history, politics, and culture were certainly among her frequent literary subjects. The same interests inform her highly successful and influential novels, some short stories and, less significantly, plays. Other writings include literary criticism and personal letters. Bibliographic Citation link. Her anglophilia and her attention to English literature and culture gave her particular importance for British women writers.
22 April 1766 Germaine Necker (later GS) was born in Paris, her parents' only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
1778 At the age of twelve, Germaine Necker, later GS, wrote a comedy, "The Inconveniences of Parisian Life". Bibliographic Citation link.
January or February 1800 GS published her influential study De la littérature considérée dans ses rapports avec les institutions sociales, which is credited with helping writers to move away from reliance on Greco-Latin models. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1810 GS was set to publish De l'Allemagne (Germany) in Paris when Napoleon suppressed it because of its sympathy with nascent nationalist feeling in Germany; it waited three years for publication. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1813 GS's De l'Allemagne (Germany), a work on German culture and politics suppressed by Napoleon, was finally published by John Murray at London, from a copy of proofs which she had hidden. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 July 1817 GS died in Paris at the age of fifty one; dozens of articles appeared about her in the British press that summer. Bibliographic Citation link.
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