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Catherine Bernard

(1663–1712?), French novelist, playwright, and poet. Born in Rouen to a comfortable Huguenot family, she moved to Paris to pursue her literary interests. Bernard wrote four ...

Bernard, Catherine

Bernard, Catherine (c. 1662–1712)   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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66 words

..., Catherine ( c. 1662–1712 ). A relative of the Corneille brothers and a convert to Catholicism ( 1685 ), she published tragedies, notably Brutus ( 1691 ), and historical fiction ( Le Comte d'Amboise , 1689 ; Inès de Cordoue , 1696 ). Her psychological novel Les Malheurs de l'amour ( 1687 ) was highly praised by Fontenelle . The Académie Française awarded her poetry numerous prizes; the Ricovrati Academy of Padua elected her a member. [ Joan Dejean...

Bernard, Catherine

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The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

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2005
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Literature
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254 words

..., Catherine ( 1663–1712? ), French novelist , playwright , and poet . Born in Rouen to a comfortable Huguenot family, she moved to Paris to pursue her literary interests. Bernard wrote four historical novels, a short story, and two plays, all of which were well received in her time and continue to be appreciated for their stylistic and psychological depth. Her novel Inès de Cardoue ( 1696 ) not only features two fairy tales, but also formulates what is considered to be the fundamental aesthetic principle for the 17th- and 18th-century French ...

Bernard, Catherine

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Lewis C. Seifert

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

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2015
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260 words

..., Catherine ( 1663–1712? ) French novelist , playwright , and poet . Born in Rouen to a comfortable Huguenot family, she moved to Paris to pursue her literary interests. Bernard wrote four historical novels, a short story, and two plays, all of which were well received in her time and continue to be appreciated for their stylistic and psychological depth. Her novel Inès de Cardoue ( 1696 ) not only features two fairy tales, but also formulates what is considered to be the fundamental aesthetic principle for the 17th- and 18th-century French conte...

Catherine Bernard

Catherine Bernard  

(1663–1712?), French novelist, playwright, and poet.Born in Rouen to a comfortable Huguenot family, she moved to Paris to pursue her literary interests. Bernard wrote four historical novels, a short ...
Design

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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6,178 words
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Oxford University Press

...inspect a changing display of dinner services laid out on tables and vases set against the walls. The urbane presence of his partner Bentley undoubtedly contributed to its success. In 1774 visitors flocked to see the 952-piece dinner and dessert service ordered by the Empress Catherine of Russia and decorated with hand-painted views of English architectural landmarks and beauty spots. In 1790 they came to marvel at the copy made in Jasper after the Roman cut-glass Barberini or Portland Vase. The original had been acquired by Sir William Hamilton , who sold...

Maurice Maeterlinck

Maurice Maeterlinck  

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(1862–1949),Belgian poet and dramatist, who in 1911 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. A Symbolist, and a forerunner of the Theatre of Silence, he wrote a number of ...
Catherine Durand

Catherine Durand  

née(c.1650–1712/15), French writer.The author of several novels and the creator of the dramatic proverb genre, she wrote three fairy tales: ‘Histoire de la fée Lubantine’ (‘Story of the ...
Johann Karl August Musäus

Johann Karl August Musäus  

(1735–1787), German author and critic whose five volumes of fairy tales, Volksmärchen der Deutschen (German Folk Tales, 1782–1786), introduced the fairy tale as a modern form in Germany. In style ...
Riquet with the Tuft

Riquet with the Tuft  

“Riquet with the Tuft” is a French literary fairy tale in which a hideous suitor grants intelligence to a beautiful but witless woman in exchange for her hand in marriage. ...
feminism and fairy tales

feminism and fairy tales  

Feminists have an abiding interest in the socio-historical and cultural contexts in which literature arises and is received, how women have helped shape and contributed to traditions, and how women ...
Admirable Crichton

Admirable Crichton  

AT: Circumstances Alter Cases A: J. M. Barrie Pf: 1902, London Pb: 1914 G: Com. in 4 acts S: Lord Loam's manor house and a desert island, early 20th c. C: 7m, 6fIn order to appear progressive, the ...
Durand, Catherine

Durand, Catherine (c.1650–1712/15)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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124 words

...Catherine , née Bédacier , ( c. 1650–1712/15 ), French writer . The author of several novels and the creator of the dramatic proverb genre, she wrote three fairy tales: ‘Histoire de la fée Lubantine’ (‘Story of the Fairy Lubantine’), which appeared in her novel La Comtesse de Mortane ( The Countess of Mortane ), as well as ‘Le Prodige d'amour’ (‘The Miracle of Love’) and ‘L'Origine des fées’ (‘The Origin of Fairies’), both of which appeared in Les Petits Soupers de l'année 1699 ( The Little Suppers of 1699 ). In ‘Le Prodige d'amour’, Durand...

Durand, Catherine

Durand, Catherine (1650–1712/15)   Reference library

Lewis C. Seifert

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature
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133 words

...Catherine ( née Bédacier , c. 1650–1712/15 ) French writer . The author of several novels and the creator of the dramatic proverb genre, she wrote three fairy tales: ‘Histoire de la fée Lubantine’ (‘Story of the Fairy Lubantine’), which appeared in her novel La Comtesse de Mortane ( The Countess of Mortane ), as well as ‘Le Prodige d’amour’ (‘The Miracle of Love’) and ‘L’Origine des fées’ (‘The Origin of Fairies’), both of which appeared in Les Petits Soupers de l’année 1699 ( The Little Suppers of 1699 ). In ‘Le Prodige d’amour’, Durand...

Palissy, Bernard

Palissy, Bernard (c. 1510–1590)   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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2005
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Literature
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208 words

...on the grotto at Écouen and for Catherine de Médicis at the Tuileries. Influenced by Paracelsus , he described his scientific theories and his religious views first in the Recette véritable ( 1563 ), which reveals his belief in the absolute virtue of observation in matters scientific and his convinced Protestantism. His other major publication, the Discours admirables ( 1582 ), was based on his public lectures in Paris. Like the Recette , it is in dialogue form and explores numerous subjects (fountains, metals, salts, alchemy, etc.), and provides...

Joan of Arc, St

Joan of Arc, St (1412–31)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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Literature
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192 words

...St ( 1412–31 ) Jeanne d'Arc , or more correctly Jeanne Darc , as it was spelt in all contemporary documents, an illiterate girl who contributed powerfully to liberate France from the English in the reign of Charles VII. Inspired, she claimed, by the voices of Sts Michael , Catherine , and Margaret , her mission was a double one, to raise the siege of Orléans, and to conduct Charles to his coronation at Rheims. She accomplished these tasks and then wished to return home; but she yielded to the demands of the French patriots and was taken prisoner by the...

Joan of Arc, St

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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236 words

...in all contemporary documents, the daughter of Jacques Darc , a farmer of Domrémy in the valley of the Meuse, an illiterate girl who contributed powerfully to liberate France from the English in the reign of Charles VII. Inspired, she claimed, by the voices of Sts Michael , Catherine , and Margaret , her mission was a double one, to raise the siege of Orléans, and to conduct Charles to his coronation at Rheims. She accomplished these tasks and then wished to return home; but she yielded to the demands of the French patriots and was taken prisoner by the...

Newgate Novel

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The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

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2005
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Literature
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523 words

...Another contemporary of the Newgate novelists, William Makepeace Thackeray , penned his novel Catherine ( 1839–40 ) in indignant reaction to the notion of romanticizing the criminal life. He mined The Newgate Calendar for information about the deeds of the murderess Catherine Hayes and then set out to make her circumstances and actions appear sordid, but some critics say that Thackeray depicted a sympathetic heroine, in spite of himself, in the lively Catherine. Earlier and notable works said to be derived from accounts in The Newgate Calendar include ...

war poetry, 20th-century

war poetry, 20th-century   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Literature
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338 words

...Causley who moved on to other subjects, some by writers who moved on to other careers. See Brian Gardner (ed.), The Terrible Rain: The War Poets 1939–1945 (1966; rev. 1987) ; Desmond Graham (ed.), Poetry of the Second World War: An International Anthology (1995) ; Catherine W. Reilly (ed.), Scars upon my Heart: Women's Poetry and Verse of the First World War (1981). See also Holocaust ; Harsent, David...

Wells, H. G.

Wells, H. G. (1866–1946)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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502 words

...School of Science in South Kensington, where he came under the lasting influence of T. H. Huxley . His marriage in 1891 proved unhappy, and he eloped with his student Amy Catherine (‘Jane’) Robbins, whom he married in 1895 (though he continued to criticize conventional marriage). In 1903 he joined the Fabian Society, but was soon at odds with it, his sponsor George Bernard Shaw , and Sidney and Beatrice Webb . His literary output was vast and extremely varied. His scientific romances were among the earliest products of the new genre of science...

Hébert, Anne

Hébert, Anne (1916–2000)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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2006
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...religious significance, that for so long dominated the colonized, clericalized minds of the Québécois. A similar liberation appeared in the rather static novel Les chambres de bois ( 1958 ). Catherine marries Michael, whose life is dominated by dreams. He forces his young wife to live shut away in their Parisian rooms, then leads her to the gates of death. Catherine revolts, and in the last part of the novel we see her in a situation of light and love. In 1954 Hébert began a new cycle of poems inspired by light, the sun, the world, and the word: Mystère...

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