Françoise de Graffigny

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  • Felicia Gottmann (University of Dundee)

Françoise de Graffigny was one of the most important literary figures of mid-eighteenth-century France. Her epistolary novel, the Lettres d’une Péruvienne, was an instant best-seller and immediately translated into various European languages. She was also one of the few, perhaps the only, truly successful female playwright: Cénie ranked amongst the most successful plays of the century. Largely due to her fame as an author, her salon became one of the hubs of Enlightenment Paris, which drew the best-known writers, artists, scientists, politicians, financiers, and aristocrats. The Imperial court at Vienna accorded her patronage, the Encyclopédie mentions her in several articles, and visitors from all over Europe …

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Gottmann, Felicia. "Françoise de Graffigny". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 May 2010
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Articles on Graffigny's works

  1. Lettres d'une Péruvienne [Letters of a Peruvian Woman]