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Emilie du Chatelet : Daring Genius of the Enlightenment

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Emilie du Chatelet : Daring Genius of the Enlightenment by Zinsser, Judith P. (Author), 9780143112686
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  • ISBN: 9780143112686 | 0143112686
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/27/2007
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The captivating biography of the French aristocrat who balanced the demands of her society with passionate affairs of the heart and a brilliant life of the mind Although today she is best known for her fifteen-year liaison with Voltaire, Gabrielle Emilie le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise Du Ch'telet (1706–1749) was more than a great man’s mistress. After marrying a marquis at the age of eighteen, she proceeded to fulfill the prescribed—and delightfully frivolous—role of a French noblewoman of her time. But she also challenged it, conducting a highly visible affair with a commoner, writing philosophical works, and translating Newton’s Principiawhile pregnant by a younger lover. With the sweep of Galileo’s Daughter, Emilie Du Ch'telet captures the charm, glamour, and brilliance of this magnetic woman.

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