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Dignified Retreat

Writers and Intellectuals in the Age of Richelieu

Robert A. Schneider

01 April 2022

ISBN: 9780192863164

384 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £24.99

A panoramic study of the vibrant literary and intellectual culture that emerged in seventeenth-century France, drawing on the writings of over 100 men and women of letters, 'the generation of 1630', to understand the rise and refinement of the French language and the development of the literary culture of French classicism.

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A panoramic study of the vibrant literary and intellectual culture that emerged in seventeenth-century France, drawing on the writings of over 100 men and women of letters, 'the generation of 1630', to understand the rise and refinement of the French language and the development of the literary culture of French classicism.

  • Offers a panoramic study of the vibrant literary and intellectual culture that emerged in early seventeenth-century France
  • Draws on the writings of more than 100 writers and intellectuals of the period
  • Shows how these writers, despite their diverse beliefs and literary styles, largely shared a commitment to a cultural renewal of France, its rise to prominence in the geopolitical arena of Europe, and the emergence of a strong centralized monarchy

About the Author(s)

Robert A. Schneider, Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington

Robert A. Schneider received his undergraduate degree from Yale and his PhD from the University of Michigan. He has taught at Brandeis University, the Catholic University of American, and, since 2005, at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has been a visiting professor at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Bristol University, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. He has received fellowships from the Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the French Government (the Chateaubriand fellowship), and he has been a visiting scholar at All Souls College and Oriel College in Oxford. He has published several books on early modern French history, and was the editor of the American Historical Review from 2005 to 2015.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Reforming French: The Making of a Movement
    2:Aristocrats and Writers: The Emergence of a Parisian 'World'
    3:A Culture of Discretion
    4:Richelieu and Writers
    5:The Rambouillet Salon: 'A Purified World'
    6:The Dupuy Cabinet: 'An Innocent Refuge'
    7:Writing Otium: Retreat as a Mode of Engagement
    Conclusion
    Selected Bibliography of Primary Sources
    Index

Reviews

"Robert Schneider's wide-ranging study of how embracing withdrawal from public life led to new ways of thinking, reading, and writing forms a modern parallel with the COVID-19 pandemic." - Adam Horsley, The Seventeenth Century

"This is a book that is beautifully modulated, gradually piecing together the different, varied and inevitably contrasting viewpoints and engagements of the literati. It focuses our attention on the interlocutors of the literary world - its readers, debaters, translators, and aficionados." - Mark Greengrass, English Historical Review

"This book is essential reading for historians and literary scholars interested in seventeenth-century France, who will find in it a newly expanded range of writers and intellectuals who mattered at this time, and fresh ways to approach their diverse and fascinating works." - Tom Hamilton, English Historical Review

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