Madame de Lafayette
Madame de Lafayette was born in Paris in 1634. After living in the country with her husband for a time, she returned to Paris in the 1660s. There, she ran a literary salon from her home and cultivated connections with the court of King Louis XIV. The Princess de Clèves
was published anonymously in 1678, became an immediate su
ccès de scandal
and is considered a classic of French literature.