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Marie-Catherine de Villedieu
Standard Name: Villedieu, Marie-Catherine de
Birth Name: Marie-Catherine Desjardins de Villedieu
Indexed Name: Mademoiselle Desjardins
Self-constructed Name: Madame de Villedieu
Indexed Name: des Jardins
France as early as the seventeenth century. She was productive in many genres, held a significant place in the development of the novel (epistolary, historical, scandalous, and pseudo-autobiographical, as well as various non-novelistic forms of fiction), and was the first Frenchwoman to have a dramatic work produced by a professional theatre company. Her canon, however, is still disputed, with the authorship of several works in doubt.was one of the very few women to earn her living by her pen in