Literary correspondences: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and Mme de Genlis

Ford, Rebecca L. (2015) Literary correspondences: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and Mme de Genlis. Nottingham French Studies, 54 (2). pp. 181-193. ISSN 2047-7236

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Although Bernardin’s correspondence spans most of his adult life and involves a wide range of correspondents and subject matter, there is a marked increase in the number of correspondents and frequency of correspondence from the time he begins to enjoy real literary success. Indeed, the relationship between the reading and writing of letters and the writing and reading of Bernardin’s published works is a close and multi-faceted one. The focus for this article is the correspondence between Bernardin and Mme de Genlis, one of the most significant literary figures in Bernardin’s correspondence network. Their correspondence casts light on Bernardin’s place in late eighteenth-century literary and cultural life and his developing identity as an author. Bernardin’s correspondence with Mme de Genlis helps him to deal with practical issues surrounding the publication of his works, and to explore the moral and ethical implications of authorship; but it also reveals the difficulties inherent in the act of correspondence itself.

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Additional Information: This article has been published by Edinburgh University Press in the journal Nottingham French Studies, volume 54.2 (special issue, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and his Networks), pp. 181-193). The article may be consulted online at
Keywords: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Stéphanie Félicité Ducrest, comtesse de Genlis, correspondence, authorship.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of French and Francophone Studies
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Depositing User: Ford, Rebecca
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 10:32
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 15:22

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