The Writings of Christine de Pizan / Edition 1

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A compilation of the great 15th century French writer, Christine de Pizan's most important works rendered into English by major scholars and translators. With an introduction by the foremost authority on de Pizan, Charity Cannon Willard.
Christine de Pizan, France’s first woman of letters, is widely known for her classic Book of the City of Ladies (Persea, 1982), but very few of her many other distinguished works have been translated into English. The Writings of Christine de Pizan offers lengthy excerpts of nearly all of Christine’s works, in authoritative and gracious translations. Among the writings are Christine’s autobiography; lyric and allegorical poetry; the official biography of King Charles V; writings on women, warfare, politics, love, and the human condition; writings from the famous Quarrel of the Rose; The Book of the City of Ladies; The Treasury of the City of Ladies; The Book of the Duke of True Lovers; and Christine’s triumphant poem on Joan of Arc. Edited and with an introduction by the foremost authority on Christine’s work, Charity Cannon Willard, who sets the writings in historical, biographical, and literary context.

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Edited by perhaps the foremost authority on the life and writings of medieval writer de Pizan, this volume is an impressive compilation of the early feminist's work. The collection is designed as an overview of de Pizan's life and works, many offered here in English translation for the first time. De Pizan was considered a formidable force in the literary circles of her day, and her writing ranged widely--from politics to lyric and allegorical poetry; she was also an important chronicler of society and an advocate of women's rights. Translated from the complex writing style of 15th-century France into a readable and enjoyable menu, this is a valuable addition to any collection by itself or as a complement to the successful The Book of the City of Ladies (Persea, 1982), de Pizan's most popular title.-- Jacqueline Garlesky, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892551880
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,157,934
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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