Germaine de Staël, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Germaine de Staël

Swiss author

Date of Birth: 22-Apr-1766

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 14-Jul-1817

Profession: writer, politician, salonnière, correspondent, literary critic, diarist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Taurus


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About Germaine de Staël

  • Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein (French: [an lwiz ???m?n d? stal ?lstajn]; née Necker; 22 April 1766 – 14 July 1817), commonly known as Madame de Staël ( d? STAHL, French: [madam d? stal]), was a French woman of letters and historian of Genevan origin whose lifetime overlapped with the events of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era.
  • For many years she lived as an exile under the Reign of Terror and under Napoleonic persecution.
  • Known as a witty and brilliant conversationalist, often dressed in flashy and revealing outfits, she participated actively in the political and intellectual life of her times.
  • She was present at the Estates General of 1789 and at the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
  • Her intellectual collaboration with Benjamin Constant between 1795 and 1811 made them one of the most celebrated intellectual couples of their time.
  • They discovered sooner than others the tyrannical character and designs of Napoleon.
  • In 1814 one of her contemporaries observed that "there are three great powers struggling against Napoleon for the soul of Europe: England, Russia, and Madame de Staël".
  • Her works, both novels and travel literature, with emphasis on passion, individuality and oppositional politics made their mark on European Romanticism.

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