Le Commerce du Parnasse

Françoise Pascal

Le Commerce du Parnasse
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Françoise Pascal

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49 pages | 7-9/10 x 5-4/5
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9780859896672 Published February 2001 For sale in North and South America only
This critical edition of Françoise Pascal’s epistolary collection Le Commerce du Parnasse (Paris, 1669) highlights a rare, innovative and entertaining work by a woman writer virtually unknown today, but in her time a distinguished playwright, poet and painter.
Composed of thirty-seven letters in prose and verse, Le Commerce du Parnasse is part gallant correspondence, part poetry collection, part epistolary novel.  Now in its first modern edition, this fascinating text provides new insights into seventeenth-century salon life and the discourses of galanterie and préciosité.
This is a volume in the series Textes littéraires/Exeter French Texts.  The text, intorudction and essential notes are all in French.
Papers on French Seveneenth Century Literature
“This collection of letters (apparently a genuine correspondence) between Françoise Pascal and various acquaintances provides what is no doubt a faithful reflection of the tone of conversation and poetry produced in salon groups during the second half of the seventeenth century . . . the work takes a while to get into, but it amply repays the reader’s attention . . . The useful introduction gives biographical information about Françoise Pascal, explains what is historically significant about this collection, and pinpoints the feminist component of her thought.” –Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, Vol. 29, No. 56, 2002
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