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Roches, Catherine des (1542–1587)

Roches, Catherine des (1542–1587)

French poet, playwright and salonnière. Name variations: Catherine Fradonnet des Roches; Les Dames des Roches or Les Demoiselles des Roches. Born 1542 in Poitiers, France; died of the plague in 1587 in Poitiers; dau. of Madeleine des Roches (1520–1587, writer); never married.

Lived in Poitiers and became famous for weekly salon in parish of Saint-Michel which rivaled Paris salons; with mother, wrote prose and poetry, translated works from Latin, published 2 sets of dialogues (Placide et Sévère and Iris et Pasithaé) and often corresponded, resulting in the 1st correspondence between women to be published in France, Les Missives de Mes Dames Des Roches (1586); also wrote Biblical tragicomedy, La Tragédie de Tobie et Sarra.

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