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Madame de Graffigny (1695–1758)

Graffigny, Françoise d’Issembourg d’Happoncourt, Madame de (gräf-fin’yē). A French epistolary writer; born in Nancy, Feb. 13, 1695; died at Paris, Dec. 12, 1758. Married young, but separating from her husband, she took refuge at Cirey with Madame du Châtelet and Voltaire. Her first appearance in literature was with the ‘Peruvian Letters,’ a palpable imitation of Montesquieu’s ‘Persian Letters,’ but successful. A volume of her letters appeared posthumously under the title ‘The Private Life of Voltaire and Madame du Châtelet,’ a gossipy and trifling but very readable work.