The Princesse De Cleves (Oxford World's Classics)
The Princesse De Cleves - Oxford World's Classics Author:Madme De Lafayette, Terence Cave(Translator) 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, particularl... more »y 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.« less
Fictional memoirs (?) of Marie-Madelaine Pioche de La Vergne, Madame de Lafayette: all published initially anonymously. This work includes the shorter works The Princess de Montpensier and The Countess de Tende. The prose, to me at least, tends to be reflected in Dumas Celebrated Crimes. These are histories with an added flair for the dramatic: all tragedies.