Caroline Weber - Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin de Siècle Paris

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Proust’s immortal Duchesse de Guermantes was based on three doyennes of fin-de-siècle Paris. Genevieve Halevy Bizet Straus; Laure de Sade, Comtesse de Adheaume de Chevigne; and Elisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, Comtesse Greffuhle were all high-born, unhappily married, and chafed at the social constraints they lived so elegantly within. Weber, author of Queen of Fashion and professor at Barnard College, is the first to tell these women’s stories in depth, and she draws on their letters, diaries, and literary projects to convey not only their daily rounds of masked balls, dinners, salons, court visits, and nights at the theater but also their deeper hopes, dreams, and frustrations. As evocative of their times as it is of these three lives, Weber’s account is also a vivid look at events including the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower, the 1889 World’s Fair, the Franco-Prussian War, and the rise of French anti-Semitism.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307961785
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 22nd, 2018

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