Prefaced by an introduction in English.
the authorship. That La Princesse de Clèves was written by her, and her alone, the world is well agreed; and this is enough for us to know. It is interesting, however, to read a letter of hers touching this point, for it shows, apart from other things, what opinion her contemporaries had of her masterpiece. This letter, bearing the date April 13th, 1678, we translate in part:
"A little book [La Princesse de Montpensier] which had some vogue fifteen years ago, and which the public was pleased to ascribe to me, has earned me the title of author of La Princesse de Clèves; but I assure you that I have had no part in it, and that M. de Rochefoucauld, who has also been mentioned, has had as little as I. He denies it so strenuously that it is impossible not to believe him, especially in a matter which can be confessed without shame. As for me, I am flattered at being suspected, and I think I should acknowledge the book if I were sure that the author would never claim i