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Madame de StaëlThe Dangerous Exile$
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Angelica Goodden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238095.001.0001

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Juniper Hall

Juniper Hall

(p.32) 1 Juniper Hall
Madame de Staël

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In the early 1790s, Staël's refuge at Juniper Hall (Surrey) with her émigré lover Louis de Narbonne brings her into contact with Fanny Burney, and the women admire each other extravagantly until Burney withdraws on discovering Staël's scandalous personal life (so inadvertently illustrating the tendency noted in Staël's Essai sur les fictions for English women novelists to lead sheltered private lives). Staël continues pursuing and ‘wooing’ her over a period of years, but Burney's conventionality prevents her from renewing the friendship. The affair highlights the divide between (proper) ladies and women (writers) on the two sides of the Channel, along with Staël's sometimes dissenting attitude towards English notions of decorum and propriety. Her Anglophilia nevertheless survives, and lasts until the end of her life.

Keywords:   Juniper Hall, Louis de Narbonne, Fanny Burney, proper lady, Anglophilia

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