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Lettres de Lausanne in Russian private collection

Our colleague Elena Gretchanaia (Moscow) recently discovered the first trace of Isabelle de Charrière's having been read in Russia. In the inventory of the private library of the Golitsyne princes, in their domain of Viazemy, she found the mention of a copy of the Lettres écrites de Lausanne. The family had lived in France between 1783 and 1790, so the book can have been bought then. Or else it is a testimony of the influence of Sainte-Beuve's article about Charrière in the Revue des Deux Mondes, dated 1839: the inventory has been established "during the 1830s" by one of the Golitsyne women. The library itself has been destroyed in 1917.

AsK, September 2010

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