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The Princesse de Clèves (Oxford World's Classics)

The Princesse de Clèves (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Madame de Lafayette
ISBN 13: 9780199539178
ISBN 10: 199539170
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2009-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $11.95

Poised between the fading world of chivalric romance and a new psychological realism, Madame de Lafayette's novel of passion and self-deception marks a turning point in the history of the novel. When it first appeared anonymously in 1678—in the heyday of French classicism—it aroused fierce controversy among critics and readers, particularly for the extraordinary confession which forms the climax of the story. It is now regarded as a landmark in the history of women's writing. In this entirely new translation, The Princesse de Cleves is accompanied by two shorter works also attributed to Mme de Lafayette, The Princesse de Montpensier and The Comtesse de Tende.