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The Princesse de Cleves (riverrun editions)

The Princesse de Cleves (riverrun editions)

Nancy Mitford's sparkling translation of the famous French classic in a brand new edition

by Madame de Lafayette
Downloadable audio file
Publication Date: 23/08/2018
'Always be civil to the girls. You never know whom they might marry.' Nancy Mitford, from her introduction to The Princess de Cleves

When the young, beautiful Mademoiselle de Chartres comes to court, her primary objective is to find herself a husband. Upon her mother's recommendation, she accepts the advances of the Prince de Cleves, a rather average sort of a man. Unfortunately, soon after the wedding she finds herself to be in love with the dashing Duc de Nemours . . .

Against a backdrop of labyrinthine court politics, the naive Madame de Cleves' pursuit of true love is a riveting and timelessly tragic read.

(P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited
Classic fiction
Downloadable audio file
Publication Date:
Quercus Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Madame de Lafayette

Madame de Lafayette was born in Paris in 1634. After living in the country with her husband for a time, she returned to Paris in the 1660s. There, she ran a literary salon from her home and cultivated connections with the court of King Louis XIV.

The Princess de Cleves was published anonymously in 1678, became an immediate succes de scandal and is considered a classic of French literature.

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