Book Reviews the Baronne de Staal de Launey's Mémoires, for example, which she pronounces a "chef d'oeuvre" (333). In the case of works whose publication was forbidden, Graffigny speedily obtains manuscript copies and often immediately has additional copies made and put into circulation. She is so eager to get Voltaire's La Pucelle to readers in the provinces that she has three copyists on the job (347). This volume is bookended by the story of Graffigny's engagement with one of the most complex cases of publication and censorship in eighteenthcentury France, the Encyclopédie. Prior to this time, she had read only the occasional article, but in January 1754, Graffigny finally managed to become a subscriber. Volumes 4 and 5 of the Encyclopédie were published during the years covered here: in November 1755, she was commenting on articles in volume 5, which had just reached subscribers (3132, 379, 401). All begins well. Graffigny is well-informed about the work's censorship and proud to have an uncensored edition. "I own it now, this book both so esteemed and so disparaged" (32). She admires d'Alembert's eulogy of Montesquieu. But disillusion soon sets in. She discusses at length her objections to the article "Christianity,"
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Published: Apr 17, 2013