Ninon de Lenclos

Lenclos, Ninon de

(nēnôN` də läNklō`), 1620–1705, French beauty and wit. Her real name was Anne de Lenclos. She numbered among her many lovers and friends such eminent men as the Great Condé, La Rochefoucauld, and Saint-Évremond. She gathered in her Paris salon a circle of wits and literary figures.

Bibliography

See biography by E. H. Cohen (1970).


Ninon de Lenclos:

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, 1620–1705, French beauty and wit. Her real name was Anne de Lenclos. She numbered among her many lovers and friends such eminent men as the Great Condé, La Rochefoucauld, and Saint-Évremond.
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Instead of the martyrs of the Christian faith, Marechal's almanac featured figures that ranged from materialist philosophers (Helvetius, Toland) to avowed or suspected atheists (Freret, Bayle, Spinoza) to courtesans (Ninon de Lenclos).
(15) Muestras de estos cambios, centrados en el lenguaje sexual y las alusiones a figuras de autoridad y listadas por Abellan son "como los labios de Ninon de Lenclos" por "como los labios de una cortesana", "corpusculos de Loewenhoeck" por "espermatozoides de Loewenhoeck", "tan negros como una levita" por "tan negros como una sotana", intimidades del amor" por "intimidades del sexo" (21).
As a young woman, Ninon de Lenclos announced, "From this moment on, I am becoming a man." She slept with whomever she pleased, refused to submit to the queen mother's instructions and disregarded standard religious practices.
Others, such as Sophie Mereau, concentrated largely, but not exclusively, on creating a female literary canon (Madame de Lafayette, Ninon de Lenclos, Maria de Zayas, but also Boccaccio).
In translating the letters of and writing a biography of Ninon de Lenclos, as well as translating the novellas of Maria de Zayas, Novelas Amorosas y Ejemplares (Exemplary and Amorous Novellas; orig.
This was the salon, where the likes of the Marquise de Rambouillet, the Marquise de Sevigne, La Grande Mademoiselle, Madame de Lafayette, Madame de Longueville, Mademoiselle de Scudery, and Ninon de Lenclos in the seventeenth century, and of Madame du Deffand, Madame Geoffrin, Julie de Lespinasse, and Madame de Stael in the eighteenth, would entertain the likes of Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, La Bruyere, Diderot, and Voltaire--where sociability, politesse, gallantry, upward mobility, the modern novel, and maybe even performance art were all invented, just in time for the Terror to consume them.
If I had neither father nor mother I would be a Ninon, perhaps"--in a reference to Ninon de Lenclos, the famous seventeenth-century courtesan.
Ad esempio critica l'impietosa liquidazione della bellezza femminile decretata anzitempo da autori come la La Rochefoucauld, Stendhal o Hofmannsthal, offrendo l'immagine di Ninon de Lenclos, ispiratrice di carnali passioni fino oltre i settantanni ("Il caldo autunno di Ninon de Lenclos").
Ninon de Lenclos is noted for her salon in Paris that attracted a number of the most prominent literary and political figures of the age.
One thinks, too, of Schiller's mockery of Ninon de Lenclos in his poem "Die beruhmte Frau" (The Famous Woman, 1788).
Sophie Mereau's essay on Ninon de Lenclos appeared in the 1802 edition of Kalathiskos, for example, and her translations of Lenclos's letters in the Journal fur deutsche Frauen of 1805.