Romanticism pp 55-60 | Cite as

Madame de Staël: Germany

  • John B. Halsted
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


Christened Anne Louise Germaine Necker, Mme. de Staël (1766–1817) was the daughter of Louis XVI’s finance minister, a man who attained short-lived popularity as a reformer at the outbreak of the French Revolution. She had been brought up in the atmosphere of the Enlightenment salon established by her mother, and became a confirmed intellectual. She married the Swedish ambassador to Paris, though she proceeded to establish a reputation for conquests of Europe’s leading intellectual figures including Benjamin Constant, A. W. von Schlegel, and Sismondi.


Native Land French Revolution Modern Poetry Romantic Poetry Classic Poetry 
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