The most famous woman in Europe: Germaine de StaŽl

26 September 2017 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Professor Catriona Seth


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When Germaine de Staël died in July 1817 she was the most famous woman in Europe, renowned for taking a political stance, publishing essays and novels which were widely translated and circulated. She had been admired and reviled as a public intellectual, caricatured by the gutter press for her unconventional looks and lifestyle, exiled by several régimes.

Napoleon was said to recognise three powers in Europe - England, Russia and Madame de Staël - and it was to John Murray that the author turned to publish her seminal work on Germany, which the Emperor had banned. She drove a hard bargain but proved to be one of the star attractions of his catalogue, along with Byron.


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