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Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny
Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny
Volume 15: 1 janvier 1756–10 novembre 1759, Lettres 2304–2518

Volume: Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny 15
Series editor: English Showalter
Author: Mme de Graffigny

Volume editor(s): D. W. Smith

REVIEW(S): 
Fifteen volumes, the first of which appeared in 1985, have been published. They contain just over 2,500 letters, covering the final forty-two years of Graffigny’s life […]. Throughout, the Graffigny Project’s editorial team has maintained the highest standards and has done a remarkable job of making the letters accessible. Their notes have been consistently lucid, never intrusive, and always packed with essential information. All-important authors deserve such impeccable scholarly treatment. […]

Graffigny’s passion for the world of writers and publishing never flagged: she remained to the end a carefully informed observer of ‘the business of Enlightenment’. […] She knew the most celebrated actors well; she and her friends had insider information on every new play and playwright. […] And last but hardly least, the ultimate volume of Graffigny’s correspondence paints a remarkably vivid picture of friendship. […] And above all they talked and talked – and they wrote letters. Graffigny’s correspondence gives the impression that 18th-century Paris was a golden age of friendship.
Joan DeJean, French Forum (2016)

La fama di Madame de Graffigny è dovuta soprattutto alle Lettres d’une Péruvienne (1747), romanzo epistolare in cui le tematiche sentimentali si fondono con la critica della società francese. D’altra parte, una corrispondenza che vede fra i destinatari alcuni dei nomi più celebri della cultura francese settecentesca (oltre a quelli citati, ricordiamo Rousseau, Marivaux, Prévost,Crébillon) non può che suscitare un vivo interesse fra gli studiosi e i cultori del secolo dei Lumi.
Vittorio Fortunati, Studi Francesi (2017)