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UC_Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment Judith P. Zinsser

UC_Emilie Du Chatelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

Judith P. Zinsser

Published November 23rd 2006
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400 pages
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The captivating biography of the French aristocrat who balanced the demands of her society with passionate affairs of the heart and a brilliant life of the mindAlthough today she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, GabrielleMoreThe captivating biography of the French aristocrat who balanced the demands of her society with passionate affairs of the heart and a brilliant life of the mindAlthough today she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise Du Châtelet (1706-1749) was more than a great mans mistress. After marrying a marquis at the age of eighteen, she proceeded to fulfill the prescribed-and delightfully frivolous-role of a French noblewoman of her time. But she also challenged it, conducting a highly visible affair with a commoner, writing philosophical works, and translating Newtons Principia while pregnant by a younger lover. With the sweep of Galileos Daughter, Emilie Du Châtelet captures the charm, glamour, and brilliance of this magnetic woman.