The Salon of Madame Necker: Volume 1

The Salon of Madame Necker: Volume 1

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Suzanne Curchod (1737-94) was living at Lausanne when she agreed to marry the young Edward Gibbon, but the engagement was broken off. Employed as companion to the then fiancee of Jacques Necker (1732-1804), later the finance minister of Louis XVI, she married him in 1764. Their only daughter, Anne Louise Germaine, is better known as Madame de Stael. Madame Necker was eager for her husband, a wealthy banker, to pursue a political career, but Jacques Necker's efforts towards financial reform made him unpopular at court, and his dismissal in July 1789 was one of the triggers for the French Revolution. His subsequent failure to control events led to his retirement to Switzerland in 1790. Volume 1 of this biography, written by a descendant, the comte d'Haussonville, and published in English in 1882, describes Suzanne's early life, her marriage, and the establishment of her brilliant Paris more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139084461
  • 9781139084468

Table of contents

1. The archives at Coppet; 2. The Curchod family - the parsonage at Crassier - society in Lausanne; 3. Gibbon; 4. Death of M. and Mme. Curchod - Mme. de Vermenoux - departure for Paris - M. Necker - marriage; 5. The fridays: Marmontel, and the Abbe Morellet; 6. Grimm and Diderot; 7. D'Alembert - Mademoiselle de Lespinasse - the Abbe Galliani - Bernardin de Saint-Pierre - Dorat; 8. The ladies: Madame de Vermenoux - Madame Geoffrin - La Marechale de Luxembourg - La Duchesse de Lauzun; 9. La Marquis de Deffand - La Marquise de la Ferte-Imbault - Madame de Marchais; 10. La Comtesse d'Houdetot; 11. The gentlemen: Moultou; 12. Buffon: his correspondence with Madame Necker - his last days; 13. more