Françoise de Graffigny

(3169 words)
  • 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 …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Gottmann, Felicia. "Françoise de Graffigny". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 May 2010
[, accessed 03 July 2015.]

Articles on Graffigny's works

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