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Literature & Fiction, Contemporary,
Book Description:In the aftermath of the French Revolution, three women who have fled Franceâ€”the straitlaced aristocrat Emilie, her lighthearted maid JosÃ©phine, and the worldly Constanceâ€”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 CharriÃ¨re, Emma Rooksby discusses the sentimental tradition, Enlightenment ideas, epistolary fiction, CharriÃ¨re's career, and the difficult situation of women and women writers in postrevolutionary France.Isabelle de CharriÃ¨re, born in 1740 to a Dutch aristocratic family, wrote several novels critical of rigid social conventions. She lived most of her life in Switzerland.
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