Madame d'Arbouville (1810–1850)

Author of Poèsies et Nouvelles, tomes 1 à 3

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Sophie de Bezancourt Loyré d'Arbouville, comtesse d'Arbouville, was born to an aristocratic French family. At age 22, she married François d'Arbouville, a French general, and accompanied on some of his campaigns. When her health did not permit her to follow him to Africa, she returned Paris and presided over a salon in her home in the Place Vendôme frequented by writers and artists such as Prosper Mérimée and François-René de Chateaubriand. She become a close friend of the literary critic Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, to whom she dedicated some of her work. Her poems and novels were mostly published anonymously during her lifetime. In the summer months, her salon moved with her to the countryside. She at age 39 after a long illness. Her collection Poésies et Nouvelles was published posthumously in 1855.
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