Germaine de Staël

Standard Name: Staël, Germaine de
Birth Name: Anne-Louise-Germaine Necker
Married Name: Anne-Louise-Germaine de Staël
Used Form: Germaine de Stael
GS 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.
Winegarten, Renee. Mme de Staël. Berg.
Her anglophilia and her attention to English literature and culture gave her particular importance for British women writers.


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Material Conditions of Writing Harriet Beecher Stowe
HBS used her earlier travels in Europe as material for a travel guide for Americans. She had met Germaine de Staël and Elizabeth Gaskell while in Europe, and had voraciously read everything by George Sand
Material Conditions of Writing Isabel Hill
Her need for money having induced IH to accept Richard Bentley 's offer to translate Germaine de Staël 's Corinne into English for his series Bentley's Standard Novels, her version appeared in print.
The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
Hill, Benson Earle. “Memoir of the Late Isabel Hill”. The Monthly Magazine, Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Occupation Catherine Hutton
As well as collecting illustrations of costume, CH was an early collector of autographs. (She began both these collections at a young age, but presumably had to start again from scratch after her losses in...
Occupation Amy Levy
AL was an accomplished draughtswoman. She drew vivid sketches and scenes. Her topics at an early age included a feminist on a soapbox, and characters from Louisa May Alcott 's Little Women and Germaine de Staël
Occupation William Godwin
The imprint M. J. Godwin and Company was launched the following year. The business flourished, becoming almost a literary salon like that of Joseph Johnson : visitors included Germaine de Staël . It remained, however...
Occupation Henri-Frédéric Amiel
He became a philosopher and a professor of aesthetics, and published a number of books including a study of Germaine de Staël . His best known work, however, was his diary. It exerted an influence...
Publishing Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Elizabeth Devonshire was a prolific and expressive letter-writer. Letters of the two duchesses, Elizabeth and Georgiana, were edited in 1898 by Vere Foster . In 1980 Elizabeth's unpublished correspondence in French with de Staël ...
Publishing Lady Caroline Lamb
Among copies sent out by the author was one for Germaine de Staël .
Douglass, Paul. Lady Caroline Lamb. Palgrave Macmillan.
A second edition followed the same year (with William Lamb 's permission),
Douglass, Paul. Lady Caroline Lamb. Palgrave Macmillan.
which contained LCL 's long preface, self-defensive...
Publishing Elizabeth Rigby
ER continued to write biographical works, publishing in the Quarterly Review in July 1881 Madame de Staël : A Study of her Life and Times, an essay which incorporates reviews of several new works...
Reception Marion Reid
Scholar Margaret McFadden notes that this work was tremendously successful, particularly in the United States, where it went through five editions between 1847 and 1852. The 1847 edition and all ensuing versions were printed...
Textual Features Edith Sitwell
This book depends on poking fun at its subjects, and invites its readers to join in Sitwell's superior amusement. Some of her subjects deserve better, like Margaret Fuller , who (despite the adjective in the...
Textual Features Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
In her preface Owenson, unwisely, covered up the problems she had had with this novel by claiming to have written it in three months and never corrected it. It is mostly set in Athens (as...
Textual Features Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
Morgan describes chiefly Paris and its society, ostensibly on the model of Germaine de Staël 's L'Allemagne. She does indeed include French culture centrally among her topics: she criticises the works of Corneille and...
Textual Features Mrs E. M. Foster
The novel parodies Germaine de Staël 's Corinne (which had appeared in French in 1807, in English in 1808). Chapters are supplied with epigraphs: some standard choices like Pope and Cowper , but also texts...
Textual Features Maria Jane Jewsbury
The second story, The History of a Nonchalant is an early fictional treatment of religious doubt as suffered by its intellectual male protagonist, Charles. He travels to Rome, where he marries an Italian poet...


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