Académie Française


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Family and Intimate relationships Anne Dacier
The couple had similar intellectual and professional interests; to some extent they became a working team. André Dacier's career prospered. He was elected to the Académie Française in 1695, and his various official positions culminated...
Friends, Associates Gertrude Stein
Over the years, the old crowd had begun to disperse and the Saturday evening salons were frequented more by writers and less by artists. Although GS had published only a few volumes and had often...
Friends, Associates Anne Dacier
The first of AD 's patrons was Pierre-Daniel Huet , a humanist bishop and a member of the Académie Française . He recruited both Dacier and her husband for the team which was to produce...
Occupation Anne-Thérèse de Lambert
Among the subjects most often canvassed at de Lambert's salon was the querelle des anciens et modernes (the battle of the ancients and moderns). Its leading figures (Anne Dacier , translator of Homer into...
Occupation Natalie Clifford Barney
In a letter to Gertrude Stein written in December 1926, NCB explains: The other night . . . I realized how little the French femmes de lettres know of English and Americans and vice versa...
Publishing George Sand
After leaving her husband and while living in Paris with her lover Jules Sandeau , GS took on her first job, that of writing for the journal Figaro, but also doggedly pursued a more...
Reception Naomi Mitchison
NM was awarded the Palmes de l'Académie Française for this novel in the year after publication.
Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Gale Research.
15: 333
Calder, Jenni. The Nine Lives of Naomi Mitchison. Virago.
Who’s Who. Adam and Charles Black.
She later wrote that this was my only official recognition from anywhere.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz.
The novel...
Reception A. Mary F. Robinson
AMFR won a coveted prize from the Académie Française for this volume.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Lynch, Hannah. “A. Mary F. Robinson”. Fortnightly Review, Vol.
, pp. 260-76.
Reception Madeleine de Scudéry
In the year of its publication, L'Académie Française honoured MS for her Discours de la gloire by giving her the prize for prose that had been founded by Balzac .
McDougall, Dorothy. Madeleine de Scudéry. Benjamin Blom.
Scudéry, Madeleine de. Mademoiselle de Scudéry. Editors Rathery et Boutron, Edme Jacques Benoît and Boutron, L. Techener.
Textual Production Sarah Austin
This report, by Victor Cousin of the Académie Française , was addressed to Count Montalivet , Minister of Public Instruction.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Elizabeth Elstob
EE 's first publication consists of a fairly short essay with some poems to fill out the volume. She celebrates Scudéry as a Sappho (one of Scudéry's strong female characters is Sapho) and as...
Travel Elizabeth Montagu
EM attended the public session of the Académie Française on the feast of St Louis.
Blunt, Reginald, and Elizabeth Montagu. Mrs Montagu, "Queen of the Blues", Her Letters and Friendships from 1762 to 1800. Constable.
1: 313


1740: The Académie Française authorised a new and...

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The Académie Française authorised a new and reformed version of French orthography, a step away from fossilised traces of classical derivations, and towards a phonetic spelling.

By 26 March 1741: Emilie du Chatelet composed, within a month,...

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By 26 March 1741

Emilie du Chatelet composed, within a month, a refutation to sexist attack by Jean-Baptiste Dortous de Mairin , Secretary of the Académie Française , on her Treatise on the Nature of Fire.

10 July 1919: The Hawthornden Prize, founded by Alice Warrender...

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10 July 1919

The Hawthornden Prize, founded by Alice Warrender (a Scottish baronet's daughter) and named after William Drummond of Hawthornden, was first awarded, for the best work of imaginative literature
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. Diaries and Letters of Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1911-1947. Editor Marques, Susan Lowndes, Chatto and Windus.
of the year.


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