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Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy of Ninon de L'Enclos the Celebrated Beauty of the Seventeenth Century

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Paperback, 150 pages
Published September 5th 2010 by General Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Beth
Nov 26, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A sensible woman should be guided by her head when taking a husband, and by her heart when taking a lover."

Pretty much sums up Ninon's philosophy. Let your head rule on matters of business your heart on matters of emotion.

I read this in bits and bobs, here and there, it will be something I re-read in the same manner.
Annm
Dec 02, 2012 Annm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because I wanted to learn mire about the social life in eighteenth century Europe, in this case, France. Gor that, the book was useful, at least as regards the priviled classes' social lives. But I am not overly fond of books decribing how amazing someone is, and that is really what this book is all about. Just not really that interesting...
Inna
Sep 01, 2013 Inna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This lady was probably one of the greatest women of her time. Not surprised at all that the Age of Enlightenment started during her life. Ninon was probably one of the first great "activists" who initiated that movement.
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Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos (also spelled Ninon de Lenclos and Ninon de Lanclos) was a French author, courtesan and patron of the arts.

Starting in the late 1660s she retired from her courtesan lifestyle and concentrated more on her literary friends — from 1667, she hosted her gatherings at l'hôtel Sagonne, which was considered "the" location of the salon of Ninon de l'Enclos despite other locales in
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