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5.0 out of 5 stars wit, and exuberance - a charming read, 4 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Selected Letters (Classics) (Paperback)
This is a well-chosen selection of letters written by Mme. de Sévigné, mostly to her daughter, none of whose responses exist. In her letters, she describes court life with wit, exuberance and extreme theatricality, often through her citing of dramatists such as Racine and Molière. Her immense love and concern for her daughter seems almost as though she treats her as a novelistic heroine, incessantly drmanding that she replies with the speed and entertainment she would like. Indeed, Sévigné transforms literary convention, writing often in a style which we might assume to be more suited to a love letter. This collection of her letters is not only for the enthusiast of French literature; far from it -they can and ought to be enjoyed by a wide-ranging audience so that they can experience this delightful and at times mesmerising wit and ingenuity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Letters are great - background information lacking, 18 Oct 2010
This review is from: Selected Letters (Classics) (Paperback)
The letters are indeed illuminating but would profit from more footnotes. As one who studied european history only from 1789 onwards, the references - especially to nicknames or multiple names - are not sufficient. You have to work hard to keep up with the 'affairs' and events discussed in the letters. Not really a relaxing bedtime read unless you just like to get the 'gist' of the period.
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Selected Letters (Classics) by MADAME DE SEVIGNE & TANCO (Paperback - 22 Oct 2003)
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