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Title: Un essai de Madame de La Tour: La générosité en société et le tempérament français
Author(s): LEROY, Pierre-E. , HÉMON-FABRE, Catherine
Journal: Lias
Volume: 39    Issue: 1   Date: 2012   
Pages: 69-90
DOI: 10.2143/LIAS.39.1.2164180

Abstract :
Madame de La Tour is primarily known through her correspondence with Jean-Jacques Rousseau. On the basis of the consultation of a private collection of hitherto unpublished manuscripts relative to this lady of the Enlightenment, we are able to present a plethora of details concerning her life, to clarify certain aspects of his character, and publish an ‘Essai sur la générosité’. This essay is very characteristic of the spirit of the times, but written with empathy and with a clearly feminine touch.

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