The Story of Sapho (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe)
Madeleine de ScuderyISBN: 0226143996; 9780226143996;
Book Description Ridiculed for her Saturday salon, her long romance novels, and her protofeminist ideas, Madeleine de Scudery (1607-1701) has not been treated kindly by the literary establishment. Yet her multivolume novels were popular bestsellers in her time, translated almost immediately into English, German, Italian, Spanish, and even Arabic. The Story of Sapho makes available for the first time in modern English a self-contained section from Scudery's novel Artamene ou le Grand Cyrus , best known today as the favored reading material of the would-be salonnieres that Moliere satirized in Les precieuses ridicules . The Story tells of Sapho, a woman writer modeled on the Greek Sappho, who deems marriage slavery. Interspersed in the love story of Sapho and Phaon are a series of conversations like those that took place in Scudery's own salon in which Sapho and her circle discuss the nature of...