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Histoire d'Ernestine

Histoire d'Ernestine - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0873527859

Cover of Histoire d
ISBN13: 978-0873527859
ISBN10: 0873527852
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Published: 1998
International: No

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Histoire d'Ernestine - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0873527859

Marie Riccoboni, Joan Hinde Ed. Stewart and Philip Stewart

ISBN13: 978-0873527859
ISBN10: 0873527852
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Set in prerevolutionary France, Histoire d'Ernestine tells of the love between an innocent young woman and an aristocrat. Ernestine, German-born and orphaned, is an apprentice painter putting the finishing touches on a portrait when the marquis de Clémengis, elegant and handsome, enters the studio. Recognizing him as the subject of the portrait, she gestures for him to be seated and goes on working, looking back and forth between him and his likeness. The world-weary aristocrat is smitten.

In graceful, understated prose, Marie Riccoboni shows how her heroine learns to negotiate questions of honor and appearances and to find a precarious balance between economic security and the potentially compromising nature of male generosity. The story raises questions about sexual enlightenment and social prejudice and reexamines the links of money, reputation, and marriageability that preoccupied eighteenth-century writers.

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Riccoboni, Marie :

Marie Riccoboni (1713-92) was an actress and a writer who published more than twenty works. Appearing in 1765, Histoire d'Ernestine was a critical and popular success. Riccoboni was among the first women to support themselves through their writing.

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