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Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy of Ninon de L'Enclos The Celebrated Beauty of the Seventeenth Century   By: (1620-1705)

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Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy of Ninon de L'Enclos: A Glimpse into the Mind of a Celebrated Beauty

Ninon de L'Enclos, the celebrated beauty of the seventeenth century, is a woman whose life was shrouded in enigma. In "Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy of Ninon de L'Enclos," she finally breaks her silence, offering readers an intimate look into her unconventional and extraordinary existence.

From her humble beginnings to her rise as one of the most sought-after courtesans in France, Ninon's story is captivating. The book takes us through her journey, recounting her encounters with prominent figures such as Molière, La Rochefoucauld, and Cardinal Richelieu. As we delve deeper into Ninon's world, we discover that her allure went beyond physical beauty; it was her intellect, wit, and free-spirited nature that truly enchanted those around her.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is the collection of letters written by Ninon herself. Spanning several decades, these letters unveil her innermost thoughts, desires, and philosophies. Through her words, we witness her adoption of Epicurean principles, which laid the foundation for her unconventional lifestyle – one characterized by pleasure, intellectual pursuits, and a rejection of societal norms. It is through these letters that we gain a profound understanding of Ninon's intricate personality and her unwavering commitment to her personal freedom.

The book also explores the impact of Ninon's philosophical beliefs on her relationships. Despite being known for her numerous lovers, Ninon valued genuine connections and sought out companions who could match her intellectually. This resulted in relationships that were not only rooted in physical desire but also intellectual stimulation, often blurring the line between passion and friendship. This exploration of Ninon's complex relationships demonstrates how she navigated the boundaries of love and intimacy in a world that sought to confine and control women.

The writing style of "Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy of Ninon de L'Enclos" is eloquent, evoking the essence of seventeenth-century France. The prose seamlessly weaves together historical context, personal anecdotes, and philosophical musings, creating a tapestry that transports readers back in time.

While this book provides an invaluable insight into the life and mind of Ninon de L'Enclos, it does leave certain aspects unexplored. The author, Ninon herself, seems to hold back at times, leaving gaps in her story that leave readers yearning for a more complete picture. However, this omission only adds to the mystique that surrounds her, reminding us that Ninon was a woman who defied convention till the end.

In conclusion, "Life, Letters, and Epicurean Philosophy of Ninon de L'Enclos" is a remarkable glimpse into the life of an extraordinary woman. It delves into the untold stories, passions, and philosophical beliefs of a renowned beauty, revealing a complex character who defied societal expectations and carved her own path. This book is a must-read for anyone intrigued by history, philosophy, and the indomitable spirit of those who dare to challenge the norm.

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LIFE, LETTERS

AND

EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY

OF

NINON

DE L'ENCLOS

The Celebrated Beauty of the Seventeenth Century

ROBINSON OVERTON

1903

CONTENTS

LIFE OF NINON DE L'ENCLOS

CHAPTER I

Ninon de l'Enclos as a Standard

CHAPTER II

Considered as a Parallel

CHAPTER III

Youth of Ninon de l'Enclos

CHAPTER IV

The Morals of the Period

CHAPTER V

Ninon and Count de Coligny

CHAPTER VI

The "Birds" of the Tournelles

CHAPTER VII

Effect of Her Mother's Death

CHAPTER VIII

Her Increasing Popularity

CHAPTER IX

Ninon's Friendships

CHAPTER X

Some of Ninon's Lovers

CHAPTER XI

Ninon's Lovers (Continued)

CHAPTER XII

The Villarceaux Affair

CHAPTER XIII

The Marquis de Sévigné

CHAPTER XIV

A Family Tragedy

CHAPTER XV

Ninon's Bohemian Environments

CHAPTER XVI

A Remarkable Old Age

LETTERS TO THE MARQUIS DE SÉVIGNÉ

INTRODUCTION TO LETTERS I A Hazardous Undertaking II Why Love Is Dangerous III Why Love Grows Cold IV The Spice of Love V Love and Temper VI Certain Maxims Concerning Love VII Women Expect a Quid Pro Quo from Men VIII The Necessity for Love and Its Primitive Cause IX Love Is a Natural Inclination X The Sensation of Love Forms a Large Part of a Woman's Nature XI The... Continue reading book >>




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