French Women of Letters and English Women of Letters
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This chapter explores French Women of Letters and English Women of Letters, two companion volumes that are considered as Kavanagh's indication of the progress and achievements in women's writing during the past two centuries. The first half of the chapter focuses on French Women of Letters, which features women who Kavanagh considered significant either for their virtue or for their prominence, including Madame Roland, Madame du Barry and Madame de Maintenon. It notes that Kavanagh believed that each of these women, in her own way, typified the presence of women in either the aristocratic or revolutionary France of the eighteenth century. The second and final half of the chapter features English Women of Letters, in which Kavanagh writes about women who have their original style.

The politics of writing

Julia Kavanagh, 1824–77


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