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A Woman, A Man, and Two Kingdoms
A Woman, A Man, and Two Kingdoms: The Story of Madame d'Epinay and Abbe Galiani | Francis Steegmuller
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Pre-revolutionary Paris comes to life in this fascinating story surrounding the correspondence between two colorful and witty society figures: the French author Louise d'pinay and the Italian priest-diplomat Ferdinando Galiani. Their friends included Voltaire, Diderot, Melchior Grimm, and the famous women of the salons, and their letters touched upon everything from social gossip to issues of education and politics. Francis Steegmuller's book is at once a unique history and a charming account of friendship sustained in a turbulent age. Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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I found this book through James Mustich's 1001 Books list. Available on the recorded books app, so I thought, why not?
It's a history of sorts told through the correspondence of Louise d'Epinay and Ferdinando Gailiani, two 18th-century writers, friends of Diderot. She was French, he was Nepalese. They met in Paris and corresponded for 12 years after he went back to Italy. And I quite enjoyed it! I might just like reading other people's letters.

merelybookish The biographer Steegmuller also has a bio of Flaubert that is supposed to be very good. 5mo
Cathythoughts There is something intriguing about others peoples letters ♥️👍🏻 5mo
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