Ten Years of Exile
Germaine de StaŽl
Translated by Avriel H. Goldberger
"Goldberger's translation is fluid.... Ten Years of Exile provides the best entry into Madame de StaŽl's thought and life. The new edition is invaluable."óThe Hudson Review
"A much needed and anticipated authoritative work."óThe Women's Review of Books
"A brilliant first draft of history, written by the woman whom Byron called 'the first female writer of this, perhaps of any age.'"óTLS
Capturing eloquent observations of the Napoleonic period's most politically outspoken woman, this edition of Dix Annťes dīExil is the powerful memoir of Germaine de StaŽlīs tumultuous years fleeing Napoleon. Translated by an award-winning scholar, Ten Years of Exile is the only unabridged English edition of this strong-minded and passionate womanīs personal and political journal.
During the French Revolution, Mme. de StaŽlīs salon became a brilliant center of political and intellectual life. StaŽl herself helped to introduce Napoleon to French society, yet like other liberals in the Constitutional Club, she soon came to oppose the increasingly powerful general. He in turn banished her from Paris in 1803 for her liberal ideas.
In exile, StaŽl continued to agitate against the new master of France. When Napoleon began his great Russian campaign, she fled across Austria and Poland to avoid his advancing armies. She arrived in Moscow only weeks ahead of Napoleon and then barely escaped to England. After Napoleonīs defeat, StaŽl returned to Paris and again received ministers, generals, and sovereigns in her revived salon.
As the author of beloved novels and widely read works on literature, history, and politics, StaŽl knew and corresponded with many of the leading intellectuals and politicians of her day, including Talleyrand, Schiller, and Goethe. Her memoir provides penetrating insights into the society of Napoleonic Europe and vivid portraits of the leading figures of the age, including the emperor himself.
Based upon the definitive 1996 French text edited by Simone Balayť and Mariella Bonifacio, this edition includes a new introduction by Simone Balayť and Avriel Goldberger. Supplemented with notes, a chronology, and a map of de StaŽlīs dramatic flight across Europe, Ten Years of Exile will intrigue readers interested in biography, French history, womenīs studies, political and intellectual history, literature, and the Age of Napoleon.
(2000) 327 pages
Table of Contents
Part One: 1797-1804
Part Two: 1810-1812
Appendix I: Auguste de StaŽlīs Commentaries as Editor of the 1821 Edition
Appendix II: The Disguised Manuscripts Decoded: A Sample
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