The Life and Works of Adele D'Osmond Comtesse De Boigne (1781-1866) (Studies in French Civilization v. 23)

The Life and Works of Adele D'Osmond Comtesse De Boigne (1781-1866) (Studies in French Civilization v. 23)

By: David S. Vanderboegh (author)Hardback

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Adele d'Osmond's life spanned more than eight decades, encompassing the French Revolution and most of the Second Empire and witnessing tremendous political and social change in France and the rest of Europe. Adele also proves fascinating in her own right, however. The comtesse's father saw to her early education and introduced her to the world of politics; through friendships with members of the royal family and central figures in government, Adele not only maintained a lively interest in political developments but, at times, became an influential voice in affairs of state. Her husband, a highly regarded general thirty years her elder, provided Adele with the wealth and opportunity to preside over one of the most popular salons in Paris. Moreover, the comtesse penned two novels and a volume of her memoirs. Interestingly, this collection of her personal observations has been a major reason for the development of certain misconceptions about Adele, her life, and her literary works that scholars and critics have propagated since the nineteenth century. Dr. Vanderboegh draws on extensive archival material and numerous historical treatises written by contemporaries of the comtesse to examine and explain the apparent and often glaring contradictions that exist between Adele's experiences as she actually lived them and as she recorded them in her memoirs. The author argues that a central key to explaining these differences lies in understanding not only the political role and significance of the comtesse's salon but also her depiction of the salon in each of her novels. David Vanderboegh's book, sure to be of interest to scholars of French literature as well as cultural historians, convincingly demonstrates the interrelatedness of Adele's fictional and supposedly non-fictional works and makes an important contribution to the study of this important historical and literary figure. Lorie Vanchena, Ph.D. Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Creighton University


Preface i Acknowledgements ii Introduction 1 Chapter One: Childhood, Exile, and Marriage 12 D'Osmond Family History 12 Childhood at Versailles 16 Revolution and Exile 19 The General de Boigne and Marriage 27 Initial Separations 32 Return to France (1804) 36 The Bourbon Restoration and Return to London 40 Benoit de Boigne in Chambery 42 Chapter Two: The General de Boigne: The Untold Story 45 The General's Biographers 45 Conflicting Points of View: the Biographies of the General de Boigne 46 Benoit de Boigne Before India 49 Benoit de Boigne in India 50 Return to Europe 60 Adele de Boigne's Enigmatic Husband 62 The General's Fortune 67 A Boor from the Barracks? The General's Mannerisms 70 Adele's Aristocratic Prejudices 72 The Name Game: The General's Origins Unveiled 76 The Other Madame de Boigne: Helen Bennett 79 Conflicting Expectations in Marriage 83 Mutual Efforts at Compromise 87 The Voyage to the Continent 89 Tug of War: The General Vs. The d'Osmonds 92 The General's Affair 97 Peaceful Cohabitation 98 Separate Lives 100 Why the Marriage Failed 102 Toward a New Assessment of the Marriage of Adele d'Osmond and Benoit de Boigne 106 Chapter Three: 1830-1866 109 The Death of the General de Boigne 109 The July Revolution and the Fall of Charles X 111 Madame de Boigne and the July Monarchy 114 Adele's Salon During the July Monarchy 116 The d'Osmond Family During the July Monarchy 117 Adele's Maternal Side 119 The Chancellor Pasquier 123 Madame de Boigne After the Revolution of 1848 132 Trouville 134 The Final Years 137 Chapter Four: The Comtesse de Boigne and the Parisian Salon in the Nineteenth Century 145 Salons after the Revolution of 1789 145 Debutante: Adele during the Empire Years 149 Salon and Embassy: Adele and the Bourbon Restoration 153 Adele's Salon during the July Monarchy 157 Sainte-Beuve 161 Prosper Merimee 163 Adele's Salon after the Revolution of 1848 166 Chapter Five: Memoirs 168 Publication History of the Recits d'une tante 168 Critical Reaction to the Memoirs 172 The composition of the Recits d'une tante 186 The Influence of the Salon in the Memoirs 189 Juliette Recamier 197 Germaine de Stael 199 Historical Value of the Memoirs 203 Napoleon Bonaparte 207 Charles X 212 Historian's usage of the Recits d'une tante 222 Omissions and Lack of Closure in the Memoirs 231 Chapter Six: Novels 236 The Salon Novel and Adele's Hesitation to Publish 236 Critical Reaction to the Novels 239 The Influence of the Salon on Adele's Novels 247 La Marechale d'Aubemer 248 Une Passion dans le grand monde 260 Behind the Mask: The Autobiographical Nature of the Novels 267 Conclusion 275 Bibliography 281 Index 289

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