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

By Edmond de Goncourt, Jules de Goncourt

Translated by Jacques Le Clercq, Ralph Roeder

© 1928 – Routledge

384 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Social History