Poised between the fading world of chivalric romance and a new
psychological realism, Madame de Lafayette's novel of passion and self-
deception marks a turning point in the history of the novel. When it first
appeared - anonymously - in 1678 in the heyday of French classicism, it
aroused fierce controversy among critics and readers, in particular for the
extraordinary confession which forms the climax of the story. Having long
been considered a classic, it is now regarded as a landmark in the history
of women's writing. In this entirely new translation, The Princesse de
Clèves is accompanied by two shorter works also attributed to Mme de
Lafayette, The Princesse de Montpensier and The Comtesse de Tende; the
Introduction and ample notes take account of the latest critical and
scholarly work.

Madame de Lafayette—The Princesse de Clèves - with `The Princesse de Montpensie

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