Emilie Du Chatelet

Emilie Du Chatelet : Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

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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 mind
Although today she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise Du Chatelet (1706-1749) was more than a great man's 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 Newton's Principia while pregnant by a younger lover. With the sweep of Galileo's Daughter, Emilie Du Chatelet captures the charm, glamour, and brilliance of this magnetic woman.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0143112686
  • 9780143112686
  • 527,724

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"Today''s women will find much that is familiar in Du ChGtelet''s multitasking lifestyle, which Zinsser . . . describes with understandable and infectious appreciation." -"The New York Times Book Review"
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About Judith Zinsser

Judith P. Zinsser is co-author of the landmark two-volume history of European women, A History of Their Own, and teaches at Miami University in Ohio. A recognized expert on the Marquise Du Chatelet, she was featured in October on the PBS Nova special Einstein's Big Idea.
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