Marie-Louise Gagneur

Cecilia Beach (Alfred University)
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Feminist, freethinker, Fourierist and pacifist, Marie-Louise Gagneur (1832-1902) was a politically engaged novelist and essayist who believed strongly in the transformative power of the written word. Awarded the Legion of Honor in 1901 for her thirty-eight years of public service to the French press, Gagneur was recognized for her numerous essays and novels treating political, economic, moral and philosophical questions.

Born Marie-Louise Mignerot on May 25, 1832 in the Jura, she grew up in a family with progressive ideas. Her mother, Césarine Mignerot, was a disciple of Charles Fourier, utopian socialist philosopher who called for cooperative communities or ‘Phalanstères’. Her father, a wine producer, also championed Fourier’s theories on agricultural cooperation (Wartelle 11).

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Citation: Beach, Cecilia. "Marie-Louise Gagneur". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2016 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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