I reviewed La Princesse De Clèves
The Princess of Cleves, often called the first modern French novel, was published anonymously in 1678 and was received with enthusiasm by its contemporary audience. The author was revealed to Marie-Madeleine Pioche De La Vergne, Madame de La Fayette (1634-1693), who became renowned for her literary salons. Her first book was The Princess of Montpensier, also published anonymously in 1660.
The Princess of Cleves tells the story of the virtuous Mademoiselle de Chartres, who is presented at court by her mother at a very young age, facing a difficult dilemma: should she tell the man that she was arranged to marry that she is in love with another man? The young lady marries the Prince of Cleves and becomes the Princess of Cleves, while being in love with the more attractive Duke de Nemours.
Set in the 15th century court of France’s Henri II (while based on the actual court intrigue of 17th century France), The Princess of Cleves skillfully interweaves the affairs of the heart with the affairs of the state and stands as a major novel milestone in the development of works by women.
La Princesse De Clèves on GetGlue.com