New York Review of Books
October 20, 2020
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.7 inches | 2.1 pounds
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About the Author
Benedetta Craveri is currently a professor of French literature at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples. She is a corresponding member of Accademia dei Lincei and contributes to The New York Review of Books and to the cultural pages of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Her books include Madame du Deffand and Her World, Mistresses and Queens, and The Age of Conversation (available from New York Review Books). She is married to a French diplomat and in 2017 was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca by l'Institut de France. Aaron Kerner is a translator, editor, and teacher who lives in Boston.
"This is a composite picture, brilliantly written, of the young aristocrats who lived through the last days of the French monarchy, subscribed both to loyalty to the throne and Enlightenment ideals of equality, and sometimes survived the Terror to move into the Napoleonic period. Like us they had to go through these difficult transitions, in their case with elegance and extraordinary gaiety." --Edmund White "A beautiful subject of reflection on the end of a world too perfect in its essence to find the ways of its future." --Culture-Tops