Loving Madame de Stael

Carolyn See does it again in the Washington Post; she makes me want to read a book I might not have considered on my own:

Francine du Plessix Gray does a marvelous job in Madame de Staël, filling us in on the French Revolution as though it were (almost) easy to understand, recognizing de Staël’s faults (delusions of grandeur, mostly), while steadfastly commending her talents, her sweet nature, her generosity. I loved this book!

The publisher, Atlas & Co., an independent press dedicated to nonfiction, was founded by author James Atlas, and published their first list this Spring. Previously known as Atlas Books, the company published short biographies by well-known authors under other imprints, such as the Penguin Lives series (discontinued), and the ongoing Eminent Lives with HarperCollins, and Discoveries with WW Norton.

Most large libraries own the book in small quantities.

Madame de Staël

Francine du Plessix Gray

  • Hardcover: $24; 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atlas & Co. (October 9, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1934633178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934633175

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