Madeleine de Scudéry

Standard Name: Scudéry, Madeleine de
Birth Name: Madeleine de Scudéry
Pseudonym: Monsieur de Scudéry
Used Form: Madeleine de Scudery
MS is the most famous of the seventeenth-century French authors of heroic romances: fictions of great length, which centred on the lives, loves, and philosophical disquisitions of aristocratic characters. She also wrote poetry and letters.


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Dedications Elizabeth Elstob
EE published An Essay upon Glory—translated, as the title-page explains, from the French of Madeleine de Scudéryby a Person of the Same Sex.
English Short Title Catalogue.
Education Hester Mulso Chapone
Hester's early reading included romances such as those of Madeleine de Scudéry . She taught herself modern languages, music, drawing, and some Latin. At fifteen she was reading theology.
Education Elizabeth Delaval
She later recalled how she listened to fairy stories told her by Mrs Carter, how she read out chapters of the Bible in French, and loved the still new and fashionable French romances in their...
Education Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis
Stéphanie-Félicité was seven when her governess, who was only sixteen, joined the family. In later years she regularly stressed the inadequacy of the way French girls of her class were taught, arguing in Discours sur...
Friends, Associates Marie de Sévigné
Her close friends included the fiction-writers Madeleine de Scudéry and Marie-Madeleine de Lafayette (both of whom created literary portraits of her) and the royal mistress, Madame de Maintenon .
Williams, Charles G. S. Madame de Sévigné. Twayne.
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Letitia Barbauld
The allegorising of emotional life as geographical features blends the erotic, prudential, and comic. Behind this map stands the famous Carte de tendre in Madeleine de Scudéry 's Clélie, 1654-61.
Intertextuality and Influence Jane West
JW 's preface invokes Shakespeare , Virgil , Homer , and Sir Walter Scott (she later adds Thomas Percy ) as more acceptable exemplars for romance than either the French romances (implicitly those of Madeleine de Scudéry
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Barker
The title-page (followed by Carol Shiner Wilson 's editiion) says 1715. Such post-dating, says Kathryn King , is typical of Curll 's publishing practices.
Wilson, Carol Shiner, and Jane Barker. “Introduction”. The Galesia Trilogy and Selected Manuscript Poems of Jane Barker, Oxford University Press, p. xv - xliv.
xxiv, 177n1
King, Kathryn R. Jane Barker, Exile: A Political Career 1675-1725. Clarendon Press.
Exilius was at least partly written by 1687...
Intertextuality and Influence Damaris Masham
Her letters to Locke begin under the sign of romance, with the choice of a pseudonym probably taken from Sir Philip Sidney 's Arcadia and an allusion (turning on the behaviour of people in love)...
Intertextuality and Influence Aphra Behn
The volume opens with The Golden Age, conventionally depicted except for the absence of religion and of sexual coyness in women. A Voyage to the Island of Love is AB 's first translation from...
Intertextuality and Influence Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
They include a novel in five letters (Indamora to Lindamira), a verse-and-prose romance (The Adventurer), and poems in various pastoral and classical modes—epistles, lyrics, etc. The novel gives a voice to...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Beverley
The title-page further develops the ship image of the title into a full-blown allegory, a kind of commercialised version of the voyages to an island of love depicted by Madeleine de Scudéry , Aphra Behn
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Murray
This volume opens with The Plan of a School, and then, continuing a story-line from volume one, with Mrs Wheatley's demanding of Miss Le Maine how she can use rouge and plume herself on...
Intertextuality and Influence Julia O'Faolain
The topics covered in richly informative detail, far too many to enumerate, include a father's life-or-death rights over his offspring in ancient Greece, while such topics as buying and selling sex, or the relation...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Pix
Belinda (a reader of Scudéry who has adopted a romance name) flees her home in resistance against an arranged marriage, and meets Sir Charles, a younger son who has gone through with an arranged marriage...


1693: John Dryden published his edition of Juvenal's...

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John Dryden published his edition of Juvenal 's Satires, translated into English poetry by various hands, including that of Aphra Behn .

March 1694: The French poet Boileau published his misogynist...

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March 1694

The French poet Boileau published his misogynist Satire X, which targets the poet Antoinette Deshoulières (who had died in February) as a précieuse, and Scudéry 's Clélie as advocating adultery.

1754: The Rev. William Dodd published his novel...

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The Rev. William Dodd published his novelThe Sisters; or, The History of Lucy and Caroline Sanson, Entrusted to a False Friend, a morally oversimplified example of the bad-sister-damned/good-sister-saved plot.

1794: Sophia, Lady Burrell (with a play and a poetry...

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Sophia, Lady Burrell (with a play and a poetry volume behind her, and further plays and a novel ahead), published her most unusual work, The Thymbriad, an epyllionbased onXenophon 's Cyropaedia.


Scudéry, Madeleine de. An Essay Upon Glory. Translator Elstob, Elizabeth, Printed for J. Morphew, 1708.
Scudéry, Madeleine de. Artamène; ou, Le grand Cyrus. A. Courbé, 1653.
Scudéry, Madeleine de. Clélie. A. Courbé, 1661.
Scudéry, Madeleine de et al. “Discours de la gloire”. Recueil de quelques pieces de prose et de vers, Pierre Le Petit, 1671.
Scudéry, Madeleine de. Ibrahim. A. de Sommauille, 1641.
Scudéry, Madeleine de. Les femmes illustres. A. de Sommauille & A. Courbé, 1642.
Scudéry, Madeleine de. Mademoiselle de Scudéry. Editors Rathery et Boutron, Edme Jacques Benoît and Boutron, L. Techener, 1873.