This correspondence offers a unique "entree" into "mondain" culture in the post-Fronde transition to Louis XIV s personal rule. Better, perhaps, than any other single document of the period, it engages modern readers in the femninist literature of mid-century and makes them take seriously a discourse on women, s choices and women s dreams that is too easily dismissed as "precieuse" posturing. --Carolyn Lougee Chappell "H-France Book Reviews ""
About the Author
Joan DeJean is Trustee Professor of French at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of a number of books, most recently Ancients against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siecle and The Reinvention of Obscenity: Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France, both published by the University of Chicago Press.