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Renneville, Sophie de (1772–1822)

Renneville, Sophie de (1772–1822)

French novelist. Name variations: Sophie de Senneterre. Born Sophie de Senneterre, 1772, in Caen, France; died 1822.

Highly educated, began writing to support family after Revolution; was regarded as a pioneering feminist writer, though she held traditional views about a woman's relationship to her husband; works include Lettres d'Octavie, une pensionnaire (1806), Contes à ma petite fille et à mon petit garçon (1811), La Mère gouvernante (1811), Le Conteur moraliste (1816), and Les Secrets du coeur (1816); helped run the women's journal Athénée des Dames.

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