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Three Women: A Novel by the Abbé de la Tour by Isabelle de Charrière

by Isabelle de Charrière
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ISBN10: 873529413
ISBN13: 9780873529419
Author: Isabelle de Charrière
Length: 217 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Modern Language Association
Publish Date: 2007
Language: English


In the aftermath of the French Revolution, three women who have fled France--the straitlaced aristocrat Emilie, her lighthearted maid Joséphine, and the worldly Constance--try to make new lives for themselves in Altendorf, Germany. Their experiences, difficulties, and choices address the philosophical question, Are moral theories adequate guides to good conduct?

In her introduction to this late-eighteenth-century novel by Charrière, Emma Rooksby discusses the sentimental tradition, Enlightenment ideas, epistolary fiction, Charrière's career, and the difficult situation of women and women writers in postrevolutionary France.

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