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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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Lionized in London

Lionized in London

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Madame de Staël

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From Sweden, Staël returns to London after an absence of twenty years, conferring with Whigs (for their liberalism rather than their pro-Napoleonism) and the ruling Tories, enjoying her celebrity, and increasing it with the triumphant publication in French and English of De l'Allemagne. Fanny Burney, who greatly admires Staël's latest book, continues to regret the impossibility of meeting her, and Maria Edgeworth likewise; Byron, another enthusiast for the work, watches her ‘perform’ in society with both scorn and amusement, while statesmen are more or less shocked by her boldness in advising them how to handle war and peace. She enjoys her fame, but longs for Paris and French conversation; continuing to provoke both disapproval and interest, she finds that her foreignness excuses some of her social faux-pas but not others. The abolitionist Wilberforce becomes a friend, and she promises with Wellington to help propagate his writings in France.

Keywords:   London, Whigs, pro-Napoleonism, Tories, De l'Allemagne, Fanny Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Byron, conversation, Wilberforce

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