The Woman of the Eighteenth Century
Her Life, from Birth to Death, Her Love and Her Philosophy in the Worlds of Salon, Shop and Street
This translation of the French Femme au dix-huitiéme siécle from 1862, first published in English in 1928, traces the life of the Eighteenth Century woman in an historical account. Through discussion of evidence from paintings and memoirs, the book draws an intimate lifelike account of what lay behind these images for women in France of this time. The Goncourt brothers wrote several social histories but were also art critics and novelists. Here they offer portraits of upper, middle and working class women in France. This is one of the earliest accounts of life for women in this period.
Table of Contents
1. Birth – The Convent – Marriage 2. Society – The Salons 3. The Pleasures of Society 4. Love 5. Married Life 6. The Woman of the Middle Classes 7. The Woman of the People – The Fille Galante 8. Beauty and the Mode 9. The Domination and Intelligence of Woman 10. The Soul of Woman 11. Woman in Her Old Age 12. The Philosophy and Death of Woman