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Madame du Deffand


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Madame du Deffand : Letters

Mary Berry, Journal, 19 November 1807: 'After dinner read aloud some of Madame du Deffand's letters.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      


Madame du Deffand : Letters

John Playfair to Mary Berry, 22 September 1810, in response to her edition of the Letters of Madame du Deffand, received three days previously: 'The preface is excellent, very well written and very judicious. The notes bespeak that great familiarity with the characters and persons who figure in the book, whch cannot be acquired by reading [...] I find a great deal of amusement and interest in the few letters I have yet read'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Playfair      Print: Book


Madame du Deffand : Letters

'Mr Roscoe' to Mary Berry: 'I may almost be said to have past the last ten or twelve days in your society; for having been confined to the house by indisposition, my chief pleasure has been the perusal of Madame du Deffand's Letters with the notes, together with Lord Orford's corespondence, which, of all the books in our language, is the best calculated for the study of a convalescent [...] On the table before me lay the beginning of a letter intended to thank you for the four elegant volumes whch I some time since received, although I have scarcely since this interval of leisure, had time to look into them [goes on to discuss the work in detail].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mr Roscoe      Print: Book


Madame du Deffand : Letters (2 vols)

M. G. Lewis to Lady Charlotte Bury, 9 December 1810: 'I have galloped through two volumes of Madame du Deffand's Letters, and with much amusement, though the anecdotes are in themselves of no great value'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: M. G. Lewis      Print: Book


Madame du Deffand : Letters

The Rev. Sydney Smith to Mary Berry, [1840]: 'I am reading again Madame du Deffand.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Rev. Sydney Smith      Print: Book


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